Iran: The death penalty is an inhumane punishment for death row prisoners, their families and society as a whole

"Whether guilty or not, the outcome of the death penalty is the same. In Iran, the death penalty is by hanging, and it takes from several agonising seconds to several harrowing minutes for death to occur and for everything to be over."

Every year several hundred people are executed by the Iranian authorities.
According to reports by Iran Human Rights (IHR) and other human rights groups, death row prisoners have often no access to a defence lawyer after their arrest and are sentenced to death following unfair trials and based on confessions extracted from them under torture. 
These are issues which have been addressed in IHR’s previous reports. The current report is based on first-hand accounts of several inmates held in Iran's prisons and their families. The report seeks to illustrate other aspects of how the death penalty affects the inmate, their families and, as a consequence, society.
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Missouri Prison Guard Investigated for Supporting Death Row Inmate’s Clemency Request

John Winfield
John Winfield
POTOSI, Mo. (KMOX) - The Potosi Correctional Center is investigating a staff member for the offense of “over-familiarity” because the staff member has pledged support for inmate John Winfield’s petition for clemency.

According to court documents, the guard has worked for the Department of Corrections for more than 20 years.

He has supervised Winfield’s work for years and “superlatively describes Mr. Winfield’s work habits, his kindness to other prisoners, and the respect with which he is regarded by staff and prisoners alike.”

The staff members notes that Winfield took a special interest in looking after the inmates in the Special Needs Unit, who have disabilities, and he further describes Winfield as among the “elite one percent of all inmates.”

Winfield is scheduled to die June 18 for killing two women in St. Louis County in 1996.

The documents also state that in the guard’s more than 20 years of service, “he has met a few exceptional individuals who have been sentenced to death, but who have become changed men.” He states that Winfield is “a compassionate and generous person who has the ability to mentor young inmates and change their lives.”

Source: CBS, KMOX, June 3, 2014

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