A new rule from the Department of Justice (DOJ) may allow states to execute certain federal states by methods other than lethal injection, including poison gas, electric shock, and shooting squads.
The amended federal registry rule was released on Friday. It would allow the U.S. government to carry out executions by lethal injection, or “in any other manner prescribed by the laws of the state where the sentence was imposed.”
A DOJ official told the Associated Press that a change had been made to implement the measures of the Federal Death Penalty Act (FDPA), which provides for the execution of sentences “in the manner prescribed by the laws of the State of punishment.”
The official spoke anonymously with the AP to discuss internal department protocols and said the two executions scheduled for December would be carried out by lethal injection.
The official did not comment before the elected president on the methods of the three other planned executions scheduled for January. Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says he will leave the White House if Biden appoints the Electoral College winner. The note: Biden is on a hard path with the promise of healing the nation. The United States is recording 2,300 COVID-19 deaths as the epidemic wears over.installation.
The new rule will take effect on December 24th.
Changes to the FDPA come about as the Attorney General William BarrBill BarrClyburn: Biden falls short of the top ranks of black figures After a 17-year hiatus, he resumed federal executions this year.
States that use the death penalty allow lethal injection methods. People who impose the death penalty usually receive injections, according to data from the nonprofit Death Penalty Information Center.
Nevertheless, because lethal injectable drugs are difficult to obtain, some states have resorted to alternative methods of carrying out executions, such as the use of nitrogen gas.
In 2018, the state of Alabama joined Oklahoma and Mississippi, approving the use of nitrogen gas to execute prisoners.
Following his execution in Oklahoma six years ago, President Obama ordered the DOJ to conduct a comprehensive review of the death penalty and human rights issues related to lethal injecting drugs.
Some states allow inmates to choose the method of execution, such as Florida, which allows inmates sentenced to death to claim death by electric shock.
In Utah, prisoners convicted before 2004 may choose to be killed by shooting a squad, and state laws also allow squads to be used if lethal injectable drugs are not available.
The first federal execution has taken place since July 2003.