Rep. Ayanna Pressley Ayanna PressleyPoll: 56 percent say it's racist to tell the minorities to return The next steps MORE (D-Mass.) Will introduce a law abolishing the death penalty after the Justice Department (DOJ) announced on Thursday to resume the death penalty for the first time in nearly two decades.
The law is to "prohibit the application of the death penalty for violations of federal law and for other purposes". It also demands that persons sentenced to death before the entry into force of the law be re-sentenced.
"The death penalty has no death penalty in a just society," Pressley tweeted along with a picture of the legislation.
The death penalty has no place in a just society https://t.co/LiQGwumtGV[19459010)-AyannaPressley(@AyannaPressley) July 25, 2019
Pressley had previously denied the Justice Department's decision to resume the death penalty Thursday.
The same racist rhetoric that comes from the residents of the @WhiteHouse and the Execution of the # Exonerated5 demanded led to this racist, heinous policy, at that time it was wrong and today it is wrong, "she tweeted." Cruelty is the point – this is intentional. "
Same #racist Rhetoric, which originated from the inmate of . WhiteHouse who demanded the execution of # Exonerated5 led to this racist, heinous policy. At that time it was wrong and today it is wrong.
Cruelty is the point – this is intentional.
– Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (@RepPressley) July 25, 2019
Only three executions at federal level have, according to the Information Center for Capital Punishment: All five in the Detainees released on Thursday were sentenced for murdering children.
"Congress has expressly approved the death penalty by laws passed by the People's Representatives in both houses of Congress and signed by the President," Attorney General William Barr William Pelham BarrMueller Report: The Movie – Two Thumbs down Trump Justice Department on resumption of executions at federal level Mueller testimony fails to move needle on impeachment MORE said in a statement on Thursday.
"Under the administration of both parties, the Department of Justice has imposed the death penalty on the worst criminals, including those five murderers, each of whom was convicted by a jury of his kind following a full and fair trial. The Ministry of Justice upholds the rule of law – and we owe it to the victims and their families to continue the punishment imposed by our justice system.
Several states currently have a moratorium on capital punishment or suspended practice Recently, groups such as the Innocence Project have uncovered false beliefs that have secured the release of a number of death row inmates in recent years. The total number of executions has fallen in the last decade, partly due to concerns that the death penalty is disproportionately affecting African Americans.
The death penalty was abolished in about 70 percent of countries, including many democratic industrialized nations similar to the US.