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: 5 Prisoners Hanged in Kerman and Jiroft

Darkness at noon: Public execution in Iran (file photo)
Darkness at noon: Public execution in Iran (file photo)
On Thursday morning, 23rd April, 5 prisoners who had been charged with drug related crimes, went to the gallows, in Kerman city and Jiroft city.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), 3 of them were hanged in the prison of Kerman and the other 2 were executed in the prison of Jiroft.

There is no information about their identity, and official responsible bodies, same as many previous cases have not announced these executions.

According to different estimates, more than 70 % of executions in Iran are on charges of drug related crimes, a problem that has caused most of criticism from human rights activists and international organizations on Iranian government. 

It was previously agreed that in the current month, a proposal regarding abolition of the death penalty for drug charges would be raised in the public meeting of Iranian parliament.

Source: HRANA News Agency, April 29, 2015

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