Under U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration, authorities have carried out more federal executions than all the states combined. This writes The Guardian, citing a report by the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC).
In 2020, 10 criminals were executed at the federal level, while seven people were executed in the states during the same period. “The [Trump administration’s] policies not only diverged from the practices of previous presidents, but also from the practices of today,” said DPIC Executive Director Robert Dunham. He rebuked the former president’s “exceptional bloodlust.”
Trump was also accused of being negligent about the coronavirus infection, which caused many prison officers who escorted criminals to execution to contract the virus.
On July 14, the country held its first federal execution in 17 years for Daniel Lewis Lee, found guilty of murdering a family of three.
In 1976, the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the use of the death penalty. Since then, more than 1,500 prisoners have been executed in U.S. prisons, but only three of them were federal criminals; the rest of the cases were the decision of local authorities.