The Justice Department announced Monday that the federal government will be executing criminals again. Federal executions have been rare in the past two decades. The Death Penalty Information Center says that only three have taken place since the penalty was reinstated in the late 80’s.
Attorney General William Barr says four convicted inmates have been scheduled for July and August.
“The four murderers whose executions are scheduled today have received full and fair proceedings under our Constitution and laws. We owe it to the victims of these horrific crimes, and to the families left behind, to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system.”
The four inmates set for execution are:
- Daniel Lew Lee has been on death row since 1999 after murdering a family of three. His execution is first, on July 13.
- Wesley Ira Purkey is scheduled for July 15th for raping and murdering a 16 year-old girl.
- A few days later, Dustin Lee Honken, will be put to death on July 17th for killing five people.
- And Keith Dwayne Nelson, who kidnapped, raped, and strangled a young girl to death, will be executed August 28th.
Trump’s administration, supporters of the death penalty, announced last July that a review of the death penalty was complete after President Obama ordered a review of the penalty in 2014. With the conclusion of the review, executions could continue.
The Department of Justice says the executions will be by lethal injection and will take place at the US Penitentiary in Terre Haute. Additional executions will be scheduled at a later date.
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