Over 3 dozen Democrats lawmakers urge Biden to commute the sentences of all remaining federal death row inmates
- Thirty-seven lawmakers asked President
Joe Bidento commute the sentences of all remaining federal death row inmates.
- The effort was led by Reps.
Ayanna Pressleyof Massachusetts and Cori Bushof Missouri.
- Biden is opposed to the
death penaltyand campaigned on ending the practice.
Over three dozen lawmakers, led by Democratic Reps. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Cori Bush of Missouri, sent a letter to President Joe Biden on Friday asking him to commute the sentences of all remaining federal death row inmates and "recommit to the tradition of due process, mercy, and judicial
The letter included co-signers like Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Karen Bass of California, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Jamaal Bowman of New York, where they expressed "grave concerns regarding the death penalty" and criticized the pace of
"This moment demands a series of meaningful actions to ensure that no President can authorize the killing of Americans through the death penalty," they wrote.Biden, who opposes the death penalty, instead favors inmates serving life sentences without the possibility of parole or probation. When asked about Biden's commitment to ending the federal death penalty during a Wednesday press briefing, White House press secretary Jen Psaki didn't have updates on any immediate plans of action.
"The President, as you know, has stated his opposition to the death penalty in the past," she said. "He remains - that remains his view. I don't have anything more for you in terms of future actions or mechanisms, though."
In the letter, the signatories remained hopeful that they could partner with Biden in halting future executions."We look forward to working with your administration to enact just and restorative policies that will meaningfully transform our criminal legal system for the better," they wrote. "By exercising your clemency power, you can ensure that there would be no one left on death row to kill."
They added: "Given the historic nature of your administration, this would be an unprecedented - but necessary - action to reverse systemic injustices and restore America's moral standing.
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