Texas Should Not Have Executed Robert Pruett

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…

Iran: 11 executions, 1 in public; at least 22 executed in 8 days

Public execution in Iran
Iran Human Rights, August 22: Eleven prisoners were hanged in four different Iranian cities, reported state media in Iran today. Nine of the executions were carried out today.

According to state media, three prisoners were hanged in Ardebil (northwestern Iran) today. The prisoners, who were not identified by name, were reportedly convicted of drug related charges: "Possession of one kilogram and 17 grams of heroin," "Possession and trafficking of 3 kilograms and 251 grams of heroin" and "Participation in trafficking and possession of 9 kilograms and 878 grams of opium".

Mehr, a state-run news agency in Iran reported on five other prisoners who were convicted of drug related charges and who were hanged in Arak Prison (central Iran) today. The prisoners were reportedly identified as: "A. K.",25, convicted of "Possession of 598 grams of crack"; "P. Y.",24, convicted of "Possession and trafficking of 890 grams of crystal"; "A. A.", 37, convicted of "Trading 1,800 grams of crack; "A. T.",35; and "M. A.",29, convicted of "Possession and trafficking of 2,300 grams of crack".

Another prisoner also convicted of drug related charges was hanged in public in the town of Hendijan (southwestern Iran), reported Fars, a state-run news agency. The prisoner, who was not identified by name, was reportedly convicted of possession of 5 kilograms and 50 grams of crack.

Two young men were hanged in the northeastern Iranian city of Mashhad, reported the Iranian daily newspaper "Khorrasan" today. One of the prisoners, identified as "Y.", was convicted of murdering another man in 2004. He was reportedly hanged on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. The other man, identified as "M." and convicted of another murder in 2004, was reportedly hanged on Tuesday, August 20, 2013. Both the executions were carried out in Mashhad Prison.

According to official Iranian sources, at least 22 people have been executed in the last eight days in Iran. Additionally, there are unconfirmed reports on the execution of 12 people in the past three days.

Source: Iran Human Rights, August 23, 2013

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