CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada death penalty opponents say a
report showing a decline in the number of death penalty cases
nationwide underscores the need for a death penalty cost assessment in the Silver State - something that was approved the legislators but vetoed by Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval.
According to the Death Penalty Information Center, there were 43
executions nationwide this year and 46 in 2010 - down from 98 in
While other states have ended the death penalty, a Nevada
coalition says the number of death sentences imposed in the Silver
State has risen.
AB501 called for a temporary moratorium on executions in Nevada
while a cost analysis of the death penalty is conducted. The bill
won legislative approval after the moratorium was dropped, but
Sandoval vetoed the bill.