The federal government has ordered to resume capital punishment after 16 years without an execution.
Attorney General, William Barr has directed the head of the Bureau of Prisons to execute “five death-row inmates convicted of murder and in some cases torture and rape of minors and aged people.
President Donald Trump has taken on the issue and called to “bring back the death penalty.” The death penalty is legal in 29 states and the federal government, though there have been no federal executions in nearly two decades and the number of people facing state executions has been on the decline.
The debate over capital punishment has been longstanding, advocates argue it’s a deterrent against serious crime and that justice is served for the victims or victims’ families.
However, Opponents point to the racial imbalance of death row inmates, the financial costs, and wrongful convictions.
According to Barr, the government is seeking justice against the “worst criminals” to bring relief and closure to victims and family members.
Following an effort started by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions for the federal government to restart executions by lethal injection.The Department of Justice announced on Thursday to schedule the executions of five death row inmates
However, this move is likely to instigate legal challenges to the specific protocol and reinvigorate a debate concerning the constitutionality of lethal injection.