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Resuming Executions Puts US on the Wrong Side of History

Expand Attorney General William Barr speaks during a tour of a federal prison in Edgefield, South Carolina, July 8, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/John Bazemore Fueled by a recognition that the United States criminal justice system is unfair and discriminatory, there has been a great deal of focus on efforts for reform – many bipartisan, including by President Trump. Attorney General William Barr’s decision to resume carrying out executions under the federal death penalty is a slap in the face of this effort. It ignores concerns over the death penalty’s equity and fairness, and is contrary to efforts…

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