The Trump Administration restarted federal executions in a horrifying rush during a pandemic.  After a 17 year hiatus, the U.S. Department of Justice carried out 13 executions between July 2020 and January 2021.

To resume federal executions, especially at this time and at this rate, is an affront to the progress this country has made in eliminating the death penalty state-by-state and bringing us in-line with international human rights standards.

It is time to hold the Biden/Harris Administration accountable to abolishing the federal death penalty once and for all, as was promised to the American people during the election campaign.

This page will be updated on next steps that you can take. Until then, please write your members of congress to encourage support.

No more federal execution dates are expected during Biden's term.

No more federal execution dates are expected during Biden's term.


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Additional things you can do to get involved

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Donate to support the work on the ground - Your financial support is needed! Please contribute generously to help cover the costs of planning, organizing and implementing critical federal actions. Online donations (including PayPal) can be made here. You may also send checks or money orders by mail. Make checks payable to "Death Penalty Action" with "Federal Executions" in the memo line and mail to PO Box 89, Ghent, NY 12075.

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Educate yourself about the federal death penalty - The federal death penalty applies in all 50 states and U.S. territories but is used relatively rarely. 49 prisoners are currently on federal death row, most of whom are imprisoned in Terre Haute, Indiana. Until this year, three federal executions have been carried out in the modern era, all by lethal injection, with the previous one occurring in 2003. Learn more about the federal death penalty at

Photos from the July 2020 protests in Terre Haute, Indiana against the first round of federal executions. All photos by Scott Langley.