U.S. Justice Department imposes temporary moratorium on death penalty

A federal moratorium on the death penalty is being imposed in the United States. Sentences have been temporarily suspended and no new sentences will be handed down. The measures are in effect until the Justice Department considers the issue.

There is no unanimity in the U.S. on the permissibility of the death penalty. Previously, the question of capital punishment was decided at the regional level. On March 1, the authorities of Virginia banned execution of criminals. As a result, since then the practice is legal in 27 of the 50 states of the USA.