GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - For the first time in seven years, South Carolina did not execute any prisoners in 2010.
The Greenville News reports Monday that more than 50 inmates await their death sentence.
South Carolina is among 35 states with the death penalty. The Corrections Department reports 42 people have been executed since 1985. The annual tally peaked at seven in 1998.
The last time the state executed no one in a calendar year was 2003. At least five executions were stayed in 2010. That includes three who are appealing their sentences to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Death Penalty Information Center reports that 46 inmates were executed nationwide last year. That's a 12 percent decline from 2009.
Death penalty observers cite cost among factors for the drop.
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