For the first time in more than 130 years, US federal executions have been authorized during the presidential transition period.
If all planned executions are carried out, the Trump administration will have put to death 13 people in seven months, since resuming federal executions last July after a 17 year hiatus. This is a staggering figure when considering in the preceding 43 years there had been three executions in total.
The US death penalty system is deeply flawed. The cases of those selected for execution have been affected by arbitrariness, ineffective legal representation, racial bias, and have involved people with severe mental and intellectual disabilities, in violation of international law and standards.
The US bucks the global trend away from the death penalty. As of today, 142 countries have abolished the death penalty in law or practice. The death penalty is not the solution.