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Military

People serving in the military are subject to a separate system of laws, courts, and procedures — including those regarding capital punishment.

Federal Death Penalty

Federal Death Penalty

Death Penalty Information Center Page: Additional Information on the Federal Death Penalty

Overview

People serving in the military are subject to a separate system of laws, courts, and procedures. Defendants retain certain rights guaranteed under the constitution, such as the right to representation.

The military death penalty has been used sparsely outside times of war. Only a few individuals are on the military death row, which is based at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. All were convicted of murder. There have been no executions in the modern era of the death penalty.

The military also has jurisdiction over military commissions, which are tribunals convened to try people accused of unlawful conduct associated with war, such as those established in Guantanamo Bay after the September 11, 2001 attacks. No one has been sentenced to death under these commissions.


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