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U.S. reinstates death penalty after 16 year break

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor July 26, 2019 15:39

U.S. reinstates death penalty after 16 year break

As the U.S. Justice Department reinstated a two-decades long dormant policy allowing the federal government’s use of capital punishment, questions have arisen about how the government plans on implementing capital punishment amid concern over long-standing questions of whether it can be applied in a fair manner. The last federal execution took place in 2003. Since then, protracted litigation over the drugs historically used in lethal injection executions prevented the government from continuing the practice, according to Justice Department officials, which said that all five will be executed by lethal injection using a single drug – pentobarbital. Since 2010, 14 states have switched to using pentobarbital to carry out more than 200 executions, after they were unable to obtain the chemicals needed to execute people using a drug cocktail.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor July 26, 2019 15:39