Two men are scheduled to be put to death Thursday and Friday, at the federal prison in Terre Haute. A group called Death Penalty Action, rather than holding a protest at the prison, is holding a virtual conference all week on the federal death penalty.
“It is time to take away the power of the federal government when it comes to executing its own people,” said activist Shane Claiborne, in a video released by the group.
He said he wants to make sure that the new administration is held to the standards it espouses.
“I think it may be the first time in 50 years that we’ve had an administration that is against the death penalty,” he said, pointing out that the platform of the Democratic Party has not been anti-death penalty.
“So, we’re gonna put this new administration, this Biden/Harris administration, in the hot seat. We’re gonna say in your first hundred days, let’s see some action to abolish the federal death penalty.”
The group is being joined this week by human rights activist Amanda Knox.
If the executions that are scheduled are carried out before Pres. Trump leaves office, thirteen executions will have been carried out this year.
The facility at Terre Haute is the only place where federal executions are currently carried out.