ATLANTA – Georgia led the country this year in the number of prisoners put to death, an anomaly that at least for a part of executions in Texas dipping in the single digits for the first time in 20 years.
With nine lethal injection in 2016, and Georgia accounted for almost half of the 20 executions in the entire country. It was most of the prisoners the state has put to death in a calendar year since the U.S. Supreme court allowed executions to resume 40 years ago. It was almost two times as much as the state’s previous record of five, set in 1987 and matched last year.
Texas, meanwhile, run seven, the least the state has put to death since 1996, when three people were executed. Alabama had two versions, and Florida and Missouri had one of sanctions.