The Rise and Fall of the Death Penalty,” examines America’s uneasy history of capital punishment.
- Melissa Jeltsen
One of the strange byproducts of the coronavirus pandemic is the effect it has had on capital punishment in the United States.
In 2020, as COVID-19 tore through the nation claiming hundreds of thousands of lives, there were only 17 executions, the lowest number since 1991.
Ten of them were conducted by the federal government.
Only two states ― Texas and Missouri ― executed anyone once the…