The U.S. Department of Justice recently released its annual FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2012. The national murder rate remained approximately the same in 2012 as in 2011.

  • The Northeast, which has the fewest executions in the U.S., had the lowest murder rate and its murder rate decreased 3.4% from the previous year.
  • The South, which carries out the most executions in the U.S., had the highest murder rate.
  • The murder rate in the West remained the same.
  • While the rate in the Midwest, which is second to the South in executions, increased slightly.
  • Six of the nine states with the lowest murder rates have no capital punishment.

The average murder rate for a death penalty state was 5, while the average murder rate for a non-death penalty state was 4 (not weighted for population).

READ MORE:  Death Penalty Information Center

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  1. Lon Spector says:

    The death penalty is NOT a deterrent. Only an altered nature is.

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