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…

India: President Pranab Mukherjee Commutes Death Sentence to Life Imprisonment

March 26, 2015: after rejecting mercy petitions of 22 convicts on death row, President Pranab Mukherjee commuted the death sentence of a convict to life imprisonment.

Man Bahadur Deewan, alias Tote Deewan, was convicted for killing his wife Gauri and two minor sons, Rajib and Kajib, in September 2002 at a village in Dibrugarh district of Assam. 

He later killed another inmate of the house and surrendered before the police.

This is one of the rare cases where Mukherjee has commuted the death sentence after taking over in 2012.

Mukherjee is believed to have relied upon the opinion of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) that had advised him to take a lenient view of the case, considering that Deewan is from a poor background and murdered his wife, sons and a neighbour due to abject poverty and unemployment. 

Sources: conomictimes.indiatimes.com, Hands Off Cain, March 26, 2015

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