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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…

Female applicants for the vacant executioner position in Sri Lanka

Apr 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka Prisons Commissioner General P.W. Kodippili says that Sri Lankans have showed a keen interest to the post of executioner that has been vacant for some time.

He said that a large number of applications had been received although applications had not been called for the posts of executioner. He says that there are also applications from women for the post.

The official said that the applications would be kept in file until the applications are called formally.

Sri Lanka's prisons have vacancies for two executioners.

Although Sri Lanka's courts impose death penalty for serious crimes, the President does not grant leave to proceed with the conviction.

The government reinstated the death penalty in 2004 for murder, rape and drug trafficking following the murder of a high court judge.

However, since 2000 there are 1,164 death row inmates languishing in jails waiting for execution or a final decision for commutation for execution. Some prisoners on death row at the moment have served over 15 years while waiting for their sentences to be carried out.

Last execution was carried out in Sri Lanka in 1976.

There is a public demand to implement death penalty to curb the rise of crimes.

Source: Colombo Page, April 9, 2012

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