Executions Down Across the U.S.

A new report shows that a shortage of lethal injection chemicals has contributed to declining use of capital punishment in the United States. With 39 executions this year, it is only the second time in the past two decades the annual number of inmates put to death has dropped below 40, WCYB reports. Active death-penalty states have been scrambling to find new lethal injection protocols after European-based manufacturers banned U.S. prisons from using their drugs in executions. Various state and federal courts, including those in Tennessee, have postponed some planned executions until issues surrounding the new protocols are resolved.