In the summer of 2020, the Trump administration restarted federal executions, carrying out death penalty sentences for the first time in 17 years. Since then, the Justice Department has killed at least 11 people in the name of the state—more than any other time in the past 70 years.
The resumption of federal executions flies in the face of moral values, common sense, and history. The use of the death penalty has declined sharply across the U.S, with more states abolishing the practice altogether. These changes reflect the recognition that death sentences do nothing to deter crime, are disproportionately applied to people of color, and have been handed down to numerous individuals who were later exonerated.
AFSC has worked for decades to end the use of the death penalty as well as life and long-term sentences.
Congress must act now to stop federal executions for good and end this immoral and discriminatory policy.