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South Carolina Legalizes Electric Chair and Firing Squad Executions if Lethal Drugs Are Unavailable
5/17/2021 -

The state’s supply of lethal injection drugs expired in 2013.

Virginia Abolishes Death Penalty
3/24/2021 -

The first southern US state to abolish the death penalty, Virginia had, as of Mar. 24, 2021, carried out the most executions in the United States since the country’s first execution in Jamestown in 1608.

US Supreme Court Agrees to Review Lower Court Ruling That Vacated Boston Bomber Death Penalty Sentence
3/22/2021 -

The Trump administration requested the review, but there is no indication the Biden administration opposes the review.

US Federal Government Executed 13 Inmates under Trump Administration
1/18/2021 -

On Jan. 16, 2021, the federal government executed Dustin Higgs, the thirteenth and final prisoner executed under the Trump administration, which carried out the first federal executions since 2003.

US Federal Government Executed First Woman since 1953
1/13/2021 -

Lisa Montgomery, executed on Jan. 13, 2021, was the first woman to be executed by the federal government since the Dec. 18, 1953 execution of Bonnie Brown Heady, according to US Bureau of Prisons records. She was the only woman on federal death row and the eleventh person executed by the Trump administration.

Number of Federal Executions Surpasses Total State Executions for First Time, as State Executions Hit Historic Low
12/16/2020 -

The federal government resumed the death penalty in July 2020 and has executed 10 people since. The states executed a total of seven people: three by Texas, and one each by Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, and Tennessee.

Ohio Governor Announces Continued “Unofficial Moratorium” on Death Penalty
12/9/2020 -

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine (R) announced that lethal injection is no longer an option in the state because of ongoing problems acquiring the drugs for execution.

COVID-19 Has Killed More Prisoners in 2020 Than the Death Penalty Has in 43 Years
12/8/2020 -

Since the death penalty was reinstated in 1977, there have been 1527 executions. COVID-19 (coronavirus) deaths overtook executions as of Dec. 4, 2020, when virus deaths totaled at least 1568.

Trump Admin to Expand Allowable Methods of Execution
12/1/2020 -

The new rule will go into effect on Dec. 28, 2020 and will allow the federal government to use all execution methods allowed by the state in which the federal inmate is being held if lethal injection drugs are not available.

US Federal Government to Execute First Woman since 1953
10/19/2020 -

Lisa Montgomery is scheduled to be executed on Dec. 8, 2020, the first woman executed by the federal government since Dec. 18, 1953.

US Executed Man for Crime Committed as Teen for First Time in 70 Years
9/25/2020 -

Christopher Andre Vialva was convicted of murdering two youth ministers in 1999, when Vialva was 19 years old.

COVID-19 Has Killed More Prisoners than Capital Punishment since 2001
9/2/2020 -

As of the morning of Aug. 23, 2020, 858 prisoners had died of COVID-19 (coronavirus), more than the 839 prisoners executed since 2001.

Boston Marathon Bomber’s Death Sentence Overturned
8/3/2020 -

An appeals court overturned Tsarnaev’s death sentence because the US district court did not properly vet jurors for bias. The lower court will have to hold a new trial on sentencing, though the appeals court judge emphasized that Tsarnaev will not be leaving prison.

First Federal Execution since 2003
7/14/2020 -

The Supreme Court cleared the way for the resumption of the federal death penalty on July 14, 2020.

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Federal Lethal Injection Protocol Challenge
6/29/2020 -

With the ruling, the federal government is cleared to resume executions.