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

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"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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Bill Would Abolish Montana's Death Penalty

A bill draft that would ban the death penalty in Montana is now on the table. Republican Representative David Moore of Missoula is sponsoring House Bill 370 and says the death penalty costs too much, and perhaps life in prison is a harsh enough penalty.

"Probably the worst thing would be life imprisonment without the chance of parole. To be locked in a cage. If we did away with the death penalty, there would be more money in the judicial system for victim help."

Opponents to previous bills to end the death penalty have argued that it's necessary to ensure someone doesn't escape or are released early. When asked about this fear, Moore says there is no good answer.

"It's a difficult issue, and I just said I'd carry the bill and introduce it and let each side explain their issues and let the committee decide."

This bill will brought to the Judiciary Committee once it receives a hearing date.

Source: Montana Public Radio, February 4, 2015

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