Tell President Biden to end the federal death penalty.
The petition to President Biden reads: "Ban the death penalty in the United States."
In the waning days of the Trump administration, Trump and his justice department did something that hadn’t happened in more than 130 years. They murdered five inmates on death row. Prior to his presidency, no president had carried out the death penalty during their lame-duck period. But with Trump’s consent, then-U.S. Attorney General William Barr didn’t just execute the prisoners; he relished it.
Indeed, more executions were carried out in the last six months of the Trump presidency than in the previous 56 years combined.
The death penalty bonanza was shocking, and reignited a conversation that had been dormant in the federal government during the Trump years; whether America has any business in the state-sanctioned murder of its own citizens.
It’s time the federal death penalty is banned for good. Sign our petition and demand Biden take action to ban the practice today.
Joe Biden, for his part, is the first sitting president to openly express his opposition to the practice. But his objections to the death penalty have yet to translate to action. Initially, the president could impose a stop on all new executions, similar to governor-imposed moratoriums on executions in states like California. But a moratorium is only a quick fix.
In order to end federal executions, President Biden must take action to strike it from all U.S. statutes entirely. Tell President Biden you want him to do just that. Sign our petition.
Executions are banned or have governor-imposed moratoria in a little less than half of the country, in 2019, for the first time in 30 years, more Americans were opposed to the death penalty than not, and the majority of the rest of the world have abolished the practice altogether. In fact, besides Japan, the U.S. is the only developed country to still perform executions. It’s time to bring this national shame to an end.
Sign the petition and ask President Biden to do what he knows is right; end the federal death penalty.