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Condemned Federal Prisoner Asks Americans to Rethink Death Penalty

HeadlineSep 18, 2020

Two more federal executions are scheduled for next week at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana. One of the prisoners, Christopher Vialva, is being put to death for a crime he committed when he was 19 years old. This is Vialva in his own words in a rare video from death row.

Christopher Vialva: “People are not being informed about the racial disparity on federal death row. Black people are only 13% of this country’s population, yet we are almost half the population of federal death row. … Now I’m making my plea to the American public to rethink the federal death penalty. The Democratic Party claims they want to abolish the death penalty, yet no politicians have said anything about federal death row. Public figures, lawyers and abolitionists are nowhere to be found in the national media on the subject of capital punishment, yet men are being paraded to the federal death house right now.”

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