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…

2 hanged in southern Iran, 7 hanged in Birjand and Tabriz prisons

Public hanging in Iran (file photo)
Public hanging in Iran (file photo)
2 prisoners sentenced to death for drug related charges were executed in the province of Hormozgan, southern Iran.

2 prisoners sentenced to death for drug related charges were executed at Bandar Abbas Central Prison on the morning of Tuesday September 8, say unofficial reports. Official Iranian media and judicial sources have not reported on the news. 

The HRANA human rights website has identified the prisoners as Ali Teymourian, 27 years old, and Rasoul Mirzaei, 54 years old.

On Sunday September 6, Iranian authorities had transferred Ali and Rasoul from their wards in Bandar Abbas Central Prison to solitary confinement in preparation for their executions.

7 Executed in Birjand and Tabriz Prisons

According to Khorassan News, an Iranian official source, a 32-year-old prisoner charged with murder and 17 counts of robbery was hanged to death at Birjand Central Prison on the morning of Wdnesday September 9.

According to Kurdistan Human Rights Network, an unofficial source, 6 prisoners have been hanged to death in the past week at Tabriz Central Prison. 

5 prisoners were reportedly hanged to death on the morning of September 9: 4 for drug related offenses and 1 for murder. 

The names of the prisoners with drug related charges have been idenitified as Hojatoleslami, Sajjad Maghsoodi, Vali Narimani and Nasser Hosseinzadeh. 

The name of the prisoner charged with murder has been identified as Mohammad Ali Yousefi. 

On Saturday September 5, 1 prisoner, identified as Davoud Pourahmadian, was reportedly hanged to death for murder. Iranian official media or judicial sources have not commented on the recent executions at Tabriz Central Prison.

Source: Iran Human Rights, Sept. 10, 2015

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