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The death penalty has long divided Americans. Here's why those who oppose it are winning

The death penalty has long divided Americans. Here's why those who oppose it are winning

A series of executions in Arkansas have reignited the long-standing battle over the death penalty.

Beginning last week, the state tried to put eight men to death over 11 days before one of the drugs it uses in executions expired. After legal challenges, half of the executions were blocked in court.

Yet, despite the high-profile executions in Arkansas — including the first double-execution in the nation in nearly 17 years — the use and support of the death penalty in the United States has...

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