Attorney General Merrick Garland imposes moratorium on federal executions during DOJ review

A wire fence surrounds the exercise yard for death row inmates at the Idaho State Penitentiary, Boise, Idaho, USA. Photo by Shutterstock.

Federal executions surged during the end of former President Trump’s term, including 13 people in the final six months of his administration. But last week, Attorney General Merrick Garland paused federal executions while the Justice Department reviews its policies and procedures.

“The question regarding this federal moratorium on the death penalty is really whether or not President Biden will make good on his promise to permanently end the death penalty on the federal level,” says Loyola Law School professor Jessica Levinson.

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