The Death Penalty Has No Place in the United States

Contact: Rafael Medina, [email protected], 202.869.0390

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement regarding reports that the federal government will reverse a nearly two-decade moratorium to resume the federal death penalty:

“The death penalty has no place in the United States. Attorney General Barr’s decision today to reverse the federal moratorium on executions goes against the grain of a now growing consensus in the states to abolish this practice. Our federal and state justice systems should not kill anyone for any reason. We must end this cruel, ineffective, and irreversible punishment once and for all.”

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