Stars and Stripes stripes.com 08 Jan, 2021 23:45 am

Terre Haute executions paused by judge until COVID-19 measures are instituted

Terre Haute executions paused by judge until COVID-19 measures are instituted
The Trump administration’s blitz of federal executions hit a setback on Thursday after a federal judge in Indiana ruled that more measures had to be taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the Terre Haute federal prison facility before executions could continue.

Terre Haute executions paused by judge until COVID-19 measures are instituted Stars and Stripes is making stories on the coronavirus pandemic available free of charge.(Tribune News Service) — The Trump administration’s blitz of federal executions hit a setback on Thursday after a federal judge in Indiana ruled that more measures had to be taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the Terre Haute federal prison facility before executions could continue.District Court of the Southern District of Indiana wrote that the federal government's poor management of the previous 10 executions “has created a substantial risk” that plaintiffs in the case, who are two prisoners at the Terre Haute facility not on death row, and other inmates and staff may contract the virus.For the Trump administration to be able to carry out the remaining executions, the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Prisons has to ensure that all staff participating in the executions wear masks, and they must create a contact log that tracks Terre Haute staff who come into close contact with others during the execution process.

The Bureau of Prisons claimed to have been following preventative measures in the past at Terre Haute but new evidence presented by plaintiffs and a spike in COVID-19 cases tied to the prison suggest otherwise, according to Magnus-Stinson.The administration hopes to carry out three more executions, including the execution of Lisa Montgomery, who will be the first woman executed by the federal government in nearly seven decades if the injunction is lifted.

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