The U.S. Department of Justice has amended and expanded the death penalty regulations. This is what The Hill writes about.
Now local authorities will be able to execute federally convicted criminals not only by lethal injection, but also in a gas chamber, in an electric chair or by shooting.
The changes will take effect on December 24.
Lethal injections are permitted in all states where the death penalty is administered. However, pharmaceutical companies often refuse to provide the government with drugs for murder, and some states have resorted to alternative methods of execution.
After a failed execution in Oklahoma six years ago, then U.S. President Barack Obama ordered the Justice Department to conduct a wide-ranging review of the death penalty and human rights issues associated with lethal injection drugs.
In 1976, the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the use of the death penalty. Since then, more than 1,500 U.S. prisoners have been sentenced to death in U.S. prisons, but only three of them are federal offenders, the rest are local authorities. Federal prisons hold about 60 people sentenced to capital punishment.