Five different inmates are now scheduled for executions in December and early January, at a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, as the Justice Department noted that all five have “exhausted their appellate and post-conviction remedies, and currently no legal impediments prevent their executions.”
Thursday's announcement said the inmates would be put to death using a single lethal injection drug - pentobarbital - which the feds say has been used by 14 states in recent years for executions.
The move drew immediate opposition.
“Too many innocent people have been put to death,” said Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA). “We need a national moratorium on the death penalty, not a resurrection.”
“There’s enough violence in the world. The government shouldn’t add to it,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). “When I am president, we will abolish the death penalty.”