Death penalty has fallen out of favor with Pennsylvania prosecutors

Death penalty has fallen out of favor with Pennsylvania prosecutors

Pennsylvania’s death penalty is, by all accounts, embattled.

There hasn’t been an execution in two decades, even before Gov. Tom Wolf imposed a moratorium on them in 2015. The courts have long scrutinized death sentences, throwing out scores of them at appeal. And juries have become more hesitant to impose the state’s ultimate punishment. A long-awaited legislative study recently called for a host of reforms.