US to resume federal executions for first time since 2003
Five inmates are scheduled to be executed after a previous policy during the presidency of Barack Obama was overturned.
The US Justice Department has said it will carry out executions of federal death row inmates for the first time since 2003.
The department says five inmates will be executed, starting in December.
In 2014, then-president Barack Obama directed the department to conduct a review of capital punishment and issues surrounding lethal injection drugs.
Federal Government to Resume Capital Punishment After Nearly Two Decade Lapse https://t.co/GcVD08VOw8— Justice Department (@TheJusticeDept) July 25, 2019
That review resulted in what effectively was a freeze on executions.
The department said the Bureau of Prisons has completed the review and the executions can continue.