Federal Government to Resume Executions

On July 25, 2019, the United States Department of Justice announced that Attorney General William P. Barr had directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons to adopt a proposed Addendum to the Federal Execution Protocol.  This Addendum replaces the three-drug procedure previously used in federal executions with a single drug—pentobarbital. Also pursuant to the Attorney General's direction, execution dates were set for five federal death row inmates: Daniel Lewis Lee, Lezmond Mitchell, Wesley Ira Purkey, Alfred Bourgeois, and Dustin Lee Honken.