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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…

Iran: 20 inmates executed over drug charges

Public hanging in Iran (file photo)
April 21, 2015: Twenty prisoners were hanged for drug related charges between 16 and 20 April in three different Iranian cities.

Twelve of them were hanged in Mashhad on 16 April and four others in Birjand on 17 April, reported the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA).

On 20 April, another four death row inmates were executed at the Orumieh Prison, reported the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN). 

They were identified as Loqman Moeziri, Ali Jalili, Bahr Ali Yahyazadeh and Behnam Ahmadi.

The families of these men gathered in front of Orumieh prison the day before, after learning of the news their sons were at risk of imminent execution. 

The families then clashed with security forces after being told to move on and a glass window of the prison was broken. 

Sources: KHRN, April 20, 2015; HRANA, April 21, 2015

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