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A handful of counties are keeping the death penalty alive

The death penalty, it seems, is slowly dying. Public support for capital punishment in the U.S. is lower today than it has been in more than four decades: 49 percent of Americans favor the death penalty for defendants convicted of murder, versus 80 percent in 1994. Amid that declining support, a handful of counties across the country are clinging to the practice and regularly doling out death sentences.
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