Executions in the United States have fallen to their lowest point in a quarter of a century, according to a new report from the Death Penalty Information Center
. 20 inmates were executed in 2016, the fewest since 1991 when 14 were executed. A fall in executions in Texas was one of the primary reasons for the national decline.
Long America's leader in capital punishment, Texas
carried out its fewest executions for two decades last year. The fall was brought on by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals staying the death penalty in seven cases. Last September, a Pew Research Center poll found that public support for the death penalty
in the U.S. had also dropped to historic lows. 49 percent of Americans favor it, the first time support has dipped below 50 percent for 45 years.