US executes 1,000th prisoner

What percentage of these prisoners were innocent? If even one, then the U.S. is just a murderer. Is the benefit of killing criminals worth the risk of killing an innocent person? Not to us, not after reading of all the innocent people freed moments before execution.

US executes 1,000th prisoner
The US executes its 1,000th prisoner since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. ...The US supreme court reinstated the death penalty in 1976 after a 10-year ban. The first person to be subsequently executed was Gary Gilmore, who died in front of a firing squad in Utah in 1977.

Thirty-eight states and the federal government permit capital punishment. Texas has the highest rate of executions since 1976 at 355. Amnesty International says only China, Iran and Vietnam held more executions in 2004 than the US.

We aren't in good company here, nor is this a statistic to be proud of.

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