"Time to end death penalty in Texas," is by Sam Millsap and Roger C. Barnes, in the San Antonio Express-News. Millsap is a former Bexar County District Attorney; Barnes is chairman of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of the Incarnate Word.
We sense that support for the death penalty in Texas is diminishing.
For the fifth year in a row, Texas had fewer than 10 death sentences in 2013, far less than the 48 recorded in 1999.
The 16 executions in 2013 were less than half of the high mark of 40 in 2000.
Only 12 Texas counties in the past two years have handed down a death sentence.
Jurors in the last six years have rejected the death penalty in more than 20 Texas cases.
The death row population of 275 is the lowest it has been since 1989.
In short, prosecutors are seeking death sentences less often, juries are choosing life without parole rather than death and the number of executions is declining.
Earlier coverage of capital punishment in Texas begins at the link.