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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…

Albania: Minister praises calls to restore death penalty

Minister Tahiri has praised calls to restore the death penalty, after the murder of two Czech tourists. Through a detailed post on the social network Facebook, Tahiri writes that he has proposed two new initiatives.

"The call for death penalty? It is not a vindictive instinct, but is the strongest sign that people don't trust the justice system. It is also the biggest encouragement for reform.

So I understand all those people who have written these days about the arrest of the prime suspect for the murder of two tourists in Dukagjin.

Everyone that has suggested the restoring of death penalty, does not seek revenge, but justice. The disbelief that the justice system will not do justice, leads many people to believe that this is the only way.

We cannot choose the simplest way. We need to reform the justice system, while we need to monitor every decision of any judge in the country and report any abuse.

I officially proposed two initiatives, which I hope will be subject of debate by the experts of relevant institutions but also to reform the justice system. The first proposal brings mechanical (mathematical) unity of penalties. If the proposal would be adopted, the criminal will be stay in prison for the two (or more) criminal offenses consumed.

The second proposal provides the isolation of high-risk convicts, removing any chance for them to return to the society as more trained criminals.

Source: english.albeu.com, July 7, 2015

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