The SBI released its 2010 Annual Report. The crime rate is now at an all-time low.
The complete report is here. Some interesting things are noted below. Despite Representative Skip Stam's constant statements that the Death Penalty is a "deterrent" to crime, the data really doesn't show that.
Despite Greater and Greater Disuse of the Death Penalty, The Murder Rate Continues Decline:
Since 1993, death sentences have declined nearly every year (in 1993, there were 32 death sentences meted out in the state; in 2010, only 4).
Meanwhile, the murder rate in the early 90s sat around 12 murders per 100,000, now its down to 5.1. The entire trend--showing reduced death sentencing and lower murder rate. See chart below: