This local article from Pennsylvania, entitled "Death penalty becomes a life sentence of appeals," highlights that most murderers sentenced to death do not get executed before dying in prison. Here are snippets:
For all practical purposes, Pennsylvania's death penalty is a life sentence — just one with an endless stream of appeal hearings and rehashing of the facts. Since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, Pennsylvania has executed three people [while now having 221 death-row inmates].
Leon Moser and Keith Zettlemoyer were executed in 1995. Philadelphia torture-killer Gary Heidnik was put to death in 1999. All three voluntarily gave up all appeals.
Some recent related posts: