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…

Indonesia: Justice Ministry Fires Yet Another Prison Guard for Dealing Meth

Jakarta. Indonesia’s Justice Ministry has fired a second prison guard in the space of a week for alleged drug dealing, and this time stripped him of all his benefits.

Imron, 53, was symbolically stripped of his uniform at a ceremony on Monday by Justice Minister Yasonna Laoly, following his arrest in April for allegedly dealing drugs for death-row inmate and notorious drug trafficker Freddy Budiman at Jakarta’s Cipinang Penitentiary.

Yasonna called the ceremony, in which Imron was given a dishonorable discharge, “the bitterest moment” of his time as minister, but said it was necessary in the fight against drugs.

“We will take action against any official, be they a guard, the warden or a top officer,” he said. “Let this serve as a warning to the others.”

Imron was arrested during a police raid on April 10 for allegedly dealing crystal methamphetamine and the relatively new synthesized drug CC4 inside the prison as part of Freddy’s syndicate. The drug kingpin himself was later transferred to the prison island of Nusakambangan, off the southern coast of Central Java, where he is reportedly still running a trafficking ring.

Following Monday’s dismissal ceremony, Imron was sent back into the custody of the police.

His dismissal comes exactly a week after the discharge of another prison guard, Dedy Romadi from Bandung’s Banceuy Penitentiary, also for drug offenses.

Dedy was arrested by the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) at a Central Jakarta mall on May 22 while allegedly carrying out a drug transaction. He eventually led officers to a stash of 16.3 kilograms of crystal meth and 778 ecstasy pills.

In stark contrast to Imron, though, Dedy was given an “honorable” discharge, which means he will continue to receive the benefits to which a civil servant is entitled, including a pension and lifetime health insurance – even if he goes to jail for drug smuggling.

Source: The Jakarta Globe, June 8, 2015

Bali prosecutor demands 12 months for US citizen with 3 grams of marijuana

A state prosecutor demanded on Monday an American citizen be sentenced to 12 months in prison for possessing 3.10 grams of marijuana for self consumption in Bali.

“The defendant is guilty of possessing grade one drugs for self consumption and breaching Law No. 35/2009 on narcotics,” prosecutor Ni Wayan Yusmawati told the Denpasar District Court.

Scott Wikoff Odowd, 31, was arrested on Feb. 15 in a hotel in Denpasar after the police found the dried marijuana in his suitcase.

The defendant admitted to the possession of marijuana, which he purchased from IWJ, who was on the police's most-wanted list (DPO), for Rp 600,000 (US$44.8).

Source: The Jakarta Post, June 8, 2015

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