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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…

India: 'We still need to continue with death penalty'

Amid the debate over death penalty against the backdrop of last month's execution of Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon, former Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan today said he favoured its continuance.

Balakrishnan, who attended the convocation ceremony at Sumandeep Vidyapith here, told PTI that India hadn't yet reached the stage where capital punishment can be done away with.

"The capital punishment is awarded in the rarest of the rare cases, and there are adequate safeguards provided in the law," he said.

"India has not reached the stage where death punishment could be abolished. I personally feel that the death penalty should continue. It has got a very great deterrent effect on the society," said the former chairman of the National Human Rights Commission.

While 24 states in the country have set up the State Human Rights Commission, the remaining ones, including Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and the north eastern states, would set up the rights body at the earliest, he hoped.

Source: Press Trust of India, August 17, 2015

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