District of Columbia — United States Attorney General William Barr has directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons to resume executing individuals on federal death row, which would be the first federal executions since Louis Jones in 2003.
The new execution protocol would replace the normal three drug execution with one lone drug — pentobarbital. The protocol is a carbon copy of that used in the states of Georgia, Missouri, and Texas. According to the Justice Department, five death row inmates are now scheduled for execution, with all five haven exhausted all legal avenues to stop their executions. The first one, Daniel Lee, is scheduled to be executed December 9th. All federal executions take place at USP Terre Haute in Terre Haute, IN.
Attorney General Barr released this statement regarding the resumption of federal executions, “Congress has expressly authorized the death penalty through legislation adopted by the people’s representatives in both houses of Congress and signed by the President. Under Administrations of both parties, the Department of Justice has sought the death penalty against the worst criminals, including these five murderers, each of whom was convicted by a jury of his peers after a full and fair proceeding. The Justice Department upholds the rule of law—and we owe it to the victims and their families to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system.”