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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…

Iran: Two Prisoners Hanged in Gilan for Drug Possession

Two prisoners charged with drug possession were hanged to death in northern Iran.

Iran Human Rights, September 12 2015: Two prisoners with drug related charges were hanged to death at Rasht Central Prison on the morning of Saturday September 12, according to the Iranian official media source Seda o Sima.

One of the prisoners was reportedly 34 years old and sentenced to death for possessing 3 Kilograms and 700 Grams of crystal meth and 20 Litres of raw substances for the production of crystal meth. 

The other prisoner was reportedly 45 years old and sentenced to death for possessing 1 Kilogram of crack.

Rasht Central Prison is also known as Lakan Prison and is located in the province of Gilan, northern Iran.

Source: Iran Human Rights, Sept. 12, 2015

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