District residents repealed the death penalty in a referendum in 1992. President Donald Trump resumed the federal death penalty in July 2020 with the execution of Daniel Lee Lewis. The death penalty in America is a broken process from start to finish. Death sentences are predicted not by the heinousness of the crime but by the poor quality of the defense lawyers, the race of the accused or the victim, and the county and state in which the crime occurred. Since 1976, 1,522 executions occurred in the United States. Time and time again, we have proven that the criminal justice system fails to protect the innocent and persons with serious mental disabilities and illnesses from execution. Even the administration of executions is utterly flawed: Every method of execution comes with an intolerably high risk of extreme pain and torture.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
Demonstrations in D.C.