Federal Government Bringing Back Capital Punishment For Inmates On Death Row
By CBS News // July 25, 2019
last federal execution was in March 2003
(CBS NEWS) – The federal government is bringing back capital punishment after more than 16 years without a single federal execution, Attorney General William Barr announced on Thursday.
Barr has directed the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to adopt a change to the federal execution protocol to make it possible to execute inmates on death row.
Barr has directed the BOP’s Acting Director Hugh Hurwitz to schedule executions for five convicted murderers, and the Justice Department says more executions will be scheduled soon.
The last federal execution was that of Louis Jones, Jr. in March 2003.
The historic move reflects the Trump administration’s tough-on-crime stance, and the president’s own vocal support of the death penalty.
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