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: Prisoner flogged in public

A man was lashed in public on Monday in the city of Karaj in central Iran for offences of "disturbing public order" and "mischief." 

The victim was identified as Kamran Jamalzadeh.

The prisoner had been sentenced to one year in prison and exile. 

The lashing sentence was carried out at 9:00 am in one the main streets of the city.

Public floggings have soared in Iran in recent weeks in a bid to spread fear among the country's youth and suppress public expression of dissent.

The number floggings across is Iran is much higher than officially announced.

Medieval and barbaric punishments

Source: NCRI, May 21, 2015

7 People Executed - 2 in Public - and Public Flogging in Iran

7 people were hanged in Iran on Wednesday (May 20) and Tuesday, according to the Iranian state media.

5 people were hanged in the Rajaishahr prison of Karaj, Wednesday morning May 20, reported Iranian state broadcasting. The prisoners were identified as "Ardalan", "Ali", "Morteza", "Meysam" and "Behrouz" and were all convicted of murder, said the report. Iran Human Rights (IHR) has received unconfirmed reports about the execution of 3 other prisoners in the Rajaishahr prison. These reports are being investigated.

1 prisoner was hanged in public in the city of Ghochan in northern Iran today. The prisoner who was identified as "A. Kh." was convicted of murder 4 years ago. He was a drug addict since his childhood, said the report.

Another prisoner was hanged publicly in the city of Minab (Southern Iran) on Tuesday May 19. According to Jomhuri-e-Eslami newspaper, the prisoner was identified as "Ayoub Torkamani", who was charged with possession and trafficking of 10 kilograms and 800 grams of crack, said the report. He was arrested 7 years ago.

Iranian state media also reported that the flogging sentence of a man identified as "Kamran" was implemented Monday morning May 18 (above story). He was convicted of theft. On Sunday the Iranian media reported about amputation sentence of another prisoner in Khuzestan province (southwestern Iran).

Source: Iran Human Rights, May 21, 2015

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