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Amnesty International issues report on death penalty volunteers

In Nevada, 12 executions have taken place since 1977. Eleven of those executions, or 92%, were death row inmates who prematurely terminated post-conviction proceedings. In other words, they volunteered to be executed or used the state as an instrument for their suicides. In contrast, Texas has had only 26 volunteers in 393 executions and California has had only 2 volunteers in 13 executions. Amnesty International has issued a report on this issue: United States of America: Prisoner-assisted homicide - more 'volunteer' executions loom.

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