peters deathpenCHICAGO – Earlier this week, the US Supreme Court lifted a stay of execution of federal prisoners, leading the way for the state of Indiana to conduct the first federal use of capital punishment in 17 years. In response, State Senator Robert Peters (D-Chicago), who has long been an advocate for prison and criminal justice reform, issued the following statement:

“In a time when hundreds of thousands of people are dying from a viral pandemic, we should be looking to lower the number of deaths, not unnecessarily add to them. Even if we ignore the fact that many prisoners who are executed are innocent, executing people for crimes is extremely inhumane and barbaric and it has no place in modern society. The Supreme Court’s decision to allow it is shameful. It should not only be reversed, but the death penalty should be fully abolished at the federal level.”

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