Sen. Kaine joins colleagues to announce bicameral bill to end federal death penalty

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WASHINGTON (WFXR) — On Tuesday, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) — along with Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-IL) and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) — announced the reintroduction of the Federal Death Penalty Prohibition Act of 2021, bicameral legislation to prohibit the use of the death penalty at the federal level and require re-sentencing of those currently on death row.

“I have long been morally opposed to the death penalty and believe murder of any sort is wrong. Capital punishment in the United States is disproportionally applied to people of color. We cannot continue to make claims for a more perfect union while condoning outdated, inhumane, and unjust practices. As a former civil rights lawyer, I am proud to reintroduce this bill to eliminate the use of capital punishment at the federal level once and for all.”

Sen. Tim Kaine

The Federal Death Penalty Prohibition Act of 2021 would prohibit the imposition of the death penalty as punishment for any federal law violation and would require the re-sentencing of those previously sentenced to death row.

The legislation was originally introduced by Senator Kaine and colleagues in 2019, following the U.S. Department of Justice’s announcement in resuming the use of the death penalty.

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