The U.S. Department of justice ordered the resumption of the death penalty
The U.S. Department of justice on Thursday ordered the resumption of the death penalty after 18 years break.
“The U.S. Congress clearly authorized the death penalty in a law passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the President… We have a duty to the victims and their families to carry out the sentence imposed by our judicial system,” said us justice Minister William Barr.
It is reported that the first to be executed will be five criminals who committed the murders of children. The sentence is scheduled to be carried out in December of this year or January of next year.
The execution will be carried out by injection of pentobarbital, not a mixture of three drugs, as previously.
The U.S. Federal government has not carried out the death penalty since 2001.
In recent years, the number of executions and criminals sentenced to capital punishment has been gradually decreasing. An increasing number of States are legislating to abolish or discontinue the death penalty, but it continues to be applied in several regions.
The methods of the death penalty are also controversial. Criticism are as lethal injection, and the use of the electric chair.