Inmate execution will resume for federal death row inmates for the first time since 2003, the Justice Department announced today.
Starting December, five inmates who have been sentenced to death will be scheduled to be executed.
The hold was placed on federal executions after a botched 2014 Oklahoma state execution when then-President Barack Obama directed the department conduct a review of lethal injection procedures. That review is complete and the executions can now resume, the department announced.
The last federal execution happened in 2003 when Louis Jones was executed for the 1995 kidnapping, rape and murder of a young female soldier.
“Congress has expressly authorized the death penalty through legislation adopted by the people’s representatives in both houses of Congress and signed by the President,” Attorney General William Barr said in a news release. “The Justice Department upholds the rule of law – and we owe it to the victims and their families to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system.”
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