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Why Texas’ ‘death penalty capital of the world’ stopped executing people

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Since the Supreme Court legalized capital punishment in 1976, Harris County, Texas, has executed 126 people. That's more executions than every individual state in the union, barring Texas itself.
Harris County's executions account for 23 percent of the 545 people Texas has executed. On the national level, the state alone is responsible for more than a third of the 1,465 people put to death in the United States since 1976.
In 2017, however, the county known as the "death penalty capital of the world" and the "buckle of the American death belt" executed and sentenced to death a remarkable number of people: zero.
This is the first time since 1985 that Harris County did not execute any of its death row inmates, and the third year in a row it did not sentence anyone to capital punishment either.
The remarkable statistic reflects a shift the nation is seeing as a whole.
“The practices that the Harris County District Attorney’s Office is following are also signifi…

International Calls to Stop Inhumane Underage Executions by Iran Regime

Public execution of an 18-year-old boy in Ghaemshahr, Iran, in September 2013
Public execution of an 18-year-old boy in Ghaemshahr, Iran, in September 2013
NCRI - According to state-run IRNA news agency, Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, Iranian regime’s Tehran Prosecutor General, announced Wednesday February 8 that based on regime’s Islamic Penal Code, the Prosecutor Office has submitted requests to the courts to cancel retaliation sentences for ten under-18 convicts, of which six requests have been accepted.

International human rights organizations have repeatedly expressed concerns over executing convicts who were under-18 at the time of their offense, saying that a lot of such convicts in Iran are awaiting execution.

Amnesty International had previously announced that between 2005 and 2015, at least 73 convicts who were under-18 at the time of the offense have been executed in Iran. There are at least another160 such convicts who are awaiting execution, according to a report by the UN.

The UN has also recently reported that Hamid Ahmadi, sentenced to death for committing murder at 17, has been taken to solitary confinement in Rasht’s Lakan Prison, due to be hanged on February 11.

Jafari Dolatabadi also announced on Wednesday that according to Article 302 of regime’s Islamic Penal Code, Tehran Prosecutor Office has requested that17 retaliation cases be revised, which has led to three retaliation sentences being cancelled.

The UN Human Rights Committee as well as other human rights organizations have repeatedly criticized Iran’s high execution rate. Applying death penalty for drug trafficker has been announced as one the reasons for Iran’s high execution rate.

Iranian regime’s Attorney General ‘Mohammad Jafar Montazeri’ has recently emphasized that the death penalty is not going to be removed from the regime’s drug penal code.

Earlier, Mohammad Bagher Olfat, regime’s Deputy Head of the Judiciary on Crime Prevention, had announced that execution of drug traffickers in Iran has not been ‘deterrent’.

Source: NCRI, February 11, 2017

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