capital punishment.” data-reactid=”17″ type=”text”>Attorney General Bill Barr announced Thursday that the federal government will be resuming capital punishment. In the announcement, the U.S. Department of Justice said the decision was made related to “five death-row inmates convicted of murdering, and in some cases torturing and raping, the most vulnerable in our society — children and the elderly.”

The DOJ further added that Barr had asked Acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons to “schedule to executions” of those five individuals. Barr said in the announcement, “the Justice Department upholds the rule of law — and we owe it to the victims and their families to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system.” The inmates to be executed include a member of a white supremacist group who murdered a family of three and threw them into the Illinois Bayou in Arkansas in 1999. Another is a man who stabbed to death a 63-year-old grandmother and forced her granddaughter to sit next to her dead body on a “30 to 40-mile drive” before then murdering her as well.

DOJ says all executions will take place at U.S. Penitentiary Terre Haute, Indiana.

Feds to begin executions after nearly two-decade lapse