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Federal government should not bring back executions

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The Trump administration's decision to start executing federal death row prisoners after a 16-year lull is a bad idea that reeks of politics rather than a sound decision based on the effectiveness of capital punishment as a crime fighting tool.

If the administration truly supports criminal justice reform, as it claimed back in December when it supported a package of changes to the justice system, including reducing mandatory minimum sentences, then it needs to rethink reviving a practice that has been shown to be discriminatory, unjust, prone to error and ineffective at deterring crime.

It's curious that as use of the death penalty has waned across the country President Donald Trump would suddenly want to revive it. In 2017, the number of prisoners sentenced to death declined for the 17th year in a row, according to a report released this month by Trump's own justice department. Many states, including Maryland, no longer allow the killing of criminals as punishment. The last federal execution was in 2003, and there have only been three since 1988.

That will change now........

© The Korea Times