The United States shares the distinction of government-sponsored killing with infamous dictatorships – North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Libya, China, Saudi Arabia, Somalia. Other nations including Egypt, Sudan, Yemen, Belarus, and Afghanistan continue the practice of execution.On November 17, 2020, for the eighth time, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution calling for a global Moratorium on Executions. “The death penalty has no place in the 21st century.” Here is the most recent map of global engagement in capital punishment.
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Studies consistently find that the death penalty is more expensive than alternative punishments.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons spent nearly $4.7 million dollars on the first five executions carried out by the Trump administration in July and August 2020, according to redacted government financial records recently obtained by the ACLU.