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Texas Should Not Have Executed Robert Pruett

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Update: Robert Pruett was executed by lethal injection on Thursday.
Robert Pruett is scheduled to be executed by the State of Texas Thursday. He has never had a chance to live outside a prison as an adult. Taking his life is a senseless wrong that shows how badly the justice system fails juveniles.
Mr. Pruett was 15 years old when he last saw the outside world, after being arrested as an accomplice to a murder committed by his own father. Now 38, having been convicted of a murder while incarcerated, he will be put to death. At a time when the Supreme Court has begun to recognize excessive punishments for juveniles as unjust, Mr. Pruett’s case shows how young lives can be destroyed by a justice system that refuses to give second chances.
Mr. Pruett’s father, Sam Pruett, spent much of Mr. Pruett’s early childhood in prison. Mr. Pruett and his three siblings were raised in various trailer parks by his mother, who he has said used drugs heavily and often struggled to feed the children. Wh…

Listing of US states without the death penalty, and the year it was abolished








Michigan 1846

Rhode Island 1852

Wisconsin 1853

Maine 1887

Minnesota 1911

Massachusetts 1947

Alaska 1957

Hawaii 1957 the death penalty was abolished while Hawaii was still a U.S. territory

Vermont 1964

West Virginia 1965

Iowa 1965

Wash. D.C. 1972

North Dakota 1973

New York 2004

New Jersey 2007

New Mexico 2009 -- 2 inmates currently remain on death row in N.M.

Illinois 2011

Source: Death Penalty Information Center, March 10, 2011
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