July 28, 2021

Biden administration imposes moratorium on federal executions

Once is not custom, the administration of Joe Biden takes the opposite view of the previous one. This time on the subject of federal executions. As the Trump administration carried out a record number of death sentences, the US Department of Justice announced on Thursday 1is July, impose a moratorium on federal executions.

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“Serious concerns have been raised about the continued use of the death penalty in the country”, pleaded the US Minister of Justice, Merrick Garland, in a note. ‚ÄúNotably the arbitrariness of its application, its disproportionate impact on people of color and the disturbing number of exemptions in capital punishment and other serious cases. “

He ordered a moratorium on all federal execution, while his ministry “Reviews its policies and procedures on capital punishment”.

A practice brought up to date by Trump

In the United States, it is traditionally the states, and not the federal power, that execute the most. Federal justice generally only intervenes in cases of drugs, terrorism or espionage.

The federal authorities had not carried out any execution in 17 years, until July 2020.

The government of Republican billionaire Donald Trump then revived this practice and chained them at an unprecedented rate (13), despite the decline in the death penalty in the United States and around the world.

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“The ministry must ensure that it scrupulously maintains its commitment to fairness and humane treatment in the administration of existing federal laws governing death sentences.”, estimated the justice minister chosen by Joe Biden, president known for his opposition to the death penalty.

The World with AFP