On Friday Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (21) was sentenced to death for the Boston Marathon bombing. The execution will be performed using lethal injection. This is the nation’s first execution of a terrorist after the September 2011 era. However the case is likely to go through appeals. This means that Tsarnaev will spend year in prison before being executed.
He might spend years if not decades in prison, locked up in extreme conditions while his lawyers will appeal his sentence. Where Tsarnaev will end up was not yet decided by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. However, according to Carmen Ortiz, the U.S. District Attorney for Massachusetts, he is likely to go to Indiana’s Terre Haute or Colorado’s ADX, which are both high-security detention facilities.
Sydney Corcoran was one of the victims of the bombing. Her mother lost both legs and she herself nearly bled to death. She commented on the verdict:
“Now he will go away and we will be able to move on. Justice. In his own words, ‘an eye for an eye’”
After the judge will hold a hearing to make the formal pronouncement of the sentence Tsarnaev will be passed into the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, where it will be decided where he will be held.
Judith Clarke, the defense lawyer, argued for life in prison for her client and said that ADX (Florence, Colorado) is the most rigid and disciplinary prison in America. ADX was formerly known under the name of the U.S. Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility. The two sentences available for jurors were life imprisonment without release or death. Life at ADX prison is so difficult that prosecutors were worried that the jurors would consider this alternative harsher than the death penalty.
According to the executive director of the DPIC (Death Penalty Information Center) ADX is known as the prison with the highest security for those who were not sentenced to death, whereas the U.S. Penitentiary at Terre Haute is known for being the “the most maximum security of maximum security.” If Tsarnaev will be en up at Terre Haute he will be imprisoned in the same place where federal executions are performed together with other federal death row inmates.
The Death Penalty Information Center says that once Tsarnaev’s death sentence will be confirmed he will become one of the 59 prisoners the US federal courts have condemned to execution. Moreover, after the sentence would be carried out he will be the third federal prisoner executed ever since the US government reinstalled the capital punishment in 1988.
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