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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…

South Africa: Youth 'want death penalty reinstated'

The majority of young South Africans want the death penalty to be reinstated, consumer insights company Pondering Panda said on Friday.

"It was found that more than 3 in 4 young South Africans think the death penalty should be reinstated as the highest form of punishment for criminals," spokesperson Shirley Wakefield said.

Altogether 6 900 young people between 18 and 34 years took part in the survey across the country.

Wakefield said 76% thought capital punishment should be reinstated.

"80 % of all respondents also believed that having the death penalty would deter criminals and reduce crime," she said.

"The survey also found that a similar proportion of respondents felt crime in South Africa was becoming progressively worse."

Sense of desperation

It was conducted between 13 and 19 February and interviews were carried out through cellphones.

Wakefield said the figures showed a sense of desperation that something needed to be done about crime.

"The government needs to make tackling crime in SA central to its agenda if it does not want young people to be further disillusioned about its ability to protect them and keep them safe," she said.

The death penalty was abolished in 1995.

Source: news24.com, February 23, 2013

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