Monday 23 September 2019

Death-row prisoners facing execution after 16-year hiatus

 

US President Donald Trump has previously expressed his support for capital punishment
Photo: REUTERS/Leah Millis
US President Donald Trump has previously expressed his support for capital punishment Photo: REUTERS/Leah Millis

Nick Allen

The US government is to resume executions of death-row inmates after a hiatus of 16 years.

Lethal injections have been scheduled for five convicted child killers, beginning in December.

Across the US, there are more than 2,600 people on death row, but the vast majority are under the jurisdiction of individual states.

A total of 62 prisoners are on the federal US government's death row and the new policy applies to them.

The move follows Donald Trump's vocal support for capital punishment, which has included praise for Singapore's application of the death penalty.

Telegraph.co.uk

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