DNA Testing. South Carolina is considering a bill to DNA test everyone arrested for any offense, reports Richard Fausset of the LA Times. The article also discusses a scheduled expansion in California's testing program.
2006 Death Sentences. The final tally for the year is down, as expected, Robert Tanner of AP reports. The single most important factor in the long-term drop is the drop in the homicide rate, accounting for half of the total decline. That factor is only mentioned in passing in the story.