The Global Death Penalty Debate

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More than 100 countries have abolished capitol punishment-but at least 100 others still use it. In Saudi Arabia, executions are public. In China, selling a panda skin is a capitol offense. Around the world, official policy is starkly different from country to country. But, whatever a government's rules and procedures may be, public opinion is often divided. In Europe, where the practice is banned, polls show substantial numbers want the death penalty reinstated. In the United States, where support is widespread, opposition is growing fast.
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Warren Olney