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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: 8 prisoners hanged in a prison in Karaj

NCRI – The Iranian regime’s henchmen in Central Prison in the city of Karaj hanged eight prisoners on Monday. The victims had been sentenced to death for drug related offence.

The state-run media in Iran reporting the executions gave no other information on the victims.

The prisoners in Gohardasht Prison and Central Prison in Karaj launched a protest on Sunday to save dozens of their cellmates who are on the verge of execution.

Prisoners have attacked the prison guards with rocks, broken glasses and entered the open air area. Sunday afternoon in the prison in Karaj, clashes continued with prison guards. Prisoners cried out loud "We will not let you kill us!"

Meanwhile, the families gathered in front of Karaj Court and chanted “We will not let you execute them!" (watch heartbreaking cries of families of prisoners facing execution)

On Sunday, the Iranian Resistance called for immediate action by the United Nations Security Council, the US government and the European Union to stop increasing trend of executions in Iran, and called on human rights bodies for a widespread global campaign against human rights violations in Iran.

Source: NCRI, April 13, 2015

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