With public support for the death penalty at its lowest point in more than four decades, the U.S. is on track for its fewest executions in a quarter century.
So far in 2016, 17 inmates have been executed, according to a database maintained by theDeath Penalty Information Center. Three additional executions are scheduled for this year. If all three proceed as planned, the year’s 20 executions will be the fewest since 1991, when 14 were recorded. The U.S. has executed at least 28 people in each year since 1992.