Biden Admin Stops Federal Executions

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US Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on Thursday that all federal executions would be indefinitely paused while the Justice Department reviews some of its procedures, Fox News reported.

Garland’s justified the pause by saying, “The Department of Justice must ensure that everyone in the federal criminal justice system is not only afforded the rights guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States, but is also treated fairly and humanely. That obligation has special force in capital cases.”

Garland continued on by saying, “Those weighty concerns deserve careful study and evaluation by lawmakers. In the meantime, the Department must take care to scrupulously maintain our commitment to fairness and humane treatment in the administration of existing federal laws governing capital sentences.”

Federal executions had been on hold for nearly 20 years until the Trump administration resumed them in July 2020. Since then, 13 federal prisoners have been executed.

Garland issued a memorandum and said the change comes because of “concerns” about the continued use of the death penalty, arbitrariness in application, disparate effects on minorities, and exonerations that happened in capital cases.

While executions are on pause, the Justice Department will conduct a review of their policies and procedures with regard to the practice.

The review will include considering if the execution drug pentobarbital, approved for use by former attorney general Bill Barr, causes unnecessary pain and suffering when used. It will also look into other methods of execution beyond injections that could be used in the future, according to Garland.

The 13 executions carried during the last year of the Trump administration have caused outcry from leftists, including cries of racism as usual.

And Joe Biden promised to end the use of the death penalty while campaigning for President. He also helped write a bill when he was in the Senate that expanded the death penalty to more crimes.

That was back when Biden was tough on crime in the 1990s and also when crime rates generally dropped across the country.

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19 thoughts on “Biden Admin Stops Federal Executions”

  1. With crime at it’s highest level in history the idiots in the WH do away with the death penalty. Very typical response showing that Garland is in way over his head. Don’t worry, VP Harris will raise money for bail out anyone who deserves to be on death row.

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  2. Probably the only area in which I would agree with the Biden administration. We can be tough on crime without resorting to the death penalty now that we have high Security prisons. The death penalty is only to be used as a LAST RESORT if there is no other way to protect innocent people from violent aggressors. The goal is to protect the lives of innocent people. Since this can be done by keeping violent murderers who are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in solitary confinement in high security prisons for life, that is a better alternative.

    I only hope & pray that the Biden administration’s respect & concern for the lives of the guilty who survived birth would be extended to respect & protect the lives of innocent & vulnerable precious unborn babies who have never deliberately harmed anyone & deserve to live!

    1. The left will halt executions of criminals who have broken societal rules, and destroyed good people’s lives; yet they have no problem executing viable fetuses who have done nothing wrong. How can they rectify such hypocrisy?

  3. To stop all or 99% of crimes advertise
    a positive definite severe punishment,
    Including deportation to any country
    That will meets their agenda!
    Trump said destroy statues and
    get 10 years absolute!
    Guess what, it stopped!!!

  4. Very strategic move, eliminating the possibility of execution for defrauding 75 million voters (actually many more than that) and conspiring to destroy the United States of America. Military tribunals will take care of that, though.

  5. Pentobarbital is an anesthetic. It cannot cause suffering. The person is put to sleep. It is what is used to put down animals.

    1. You seem to forget how much it hurts criminals when the line needle pierces the skin. AWWWWW. Don’t yer heart just bleed for the monsters?

      The left doesn’t care how much it costs to victimize people over and over again. Instead, they complain for the monsters. They claim it costs more to execute monsters than to keep them. That’s true because of how much they waste for appeals, the cost of prisons, medical care better than good people get, etc.

      They build new high security prisons, like Pelican Bay, and the monsters still run criminal activities outside the prison. Prisoners have all day and all night to plan things like how to get drugs and cell phones… and we know they succeed. Sometimes it’s the guards gone rogue. Japan has some ideas on that. Like if a prisoner escapes, the guard takes the prisoner’s place until the prisoner is returned or dies. There is so much that people do not know about what goes on in prisons.

  6. Oh boy, where to start. Number 1, if convicted of a felony, you lose all rights of a citizen (and as a human if egregious enough). Number 2, the left has no stomach for killing those proven to be worthless humans, but no problem killing hundreds of thousands of innocent babies by abortion. Someone has their priorities all screwed up.

  7. With an end goal of destroying America, the Biden administration will do all they can to encourage crime.

  8. When are they going to give right to those imprisoned fro January 6th?
    What a disgrace this administration and its justice dept. are

  9. This fits the current administration’s profile: go easy on everyone. Hold no one accountable for their actions. If a severe penalty is warranted, make it less so. Let’s take care of the criminals and illegal immigrants before we care for American citizens, veterans, and our military personnel. It is not surprising, but still disgusting to see such pandering. And yes, we do have high security prisons, but if there is no one in them, there is no point, is there?