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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…

Kyrgyzstan: Death penalty for pedophilia will not help to save children

"The initiative to institute the death penalty for pedophilia, raised by some parties during the election campaign, is an irresponsible populism," ex-minister of social development of Kyrgyzstan Edil Baisalov said to 24.kg news agency.

"Instead of crime prevention, we discuss only punishment again. We should immediately institute at least 600 new units of social workers and many times increase the capacity of local bodies, protecting children as well as to improve prevention of mental disorders. Unfortunately, the last government did not pay attention to the needs of social development, and we see the bitter consequences of such a policy in the tragic news every day. We should not forget that, as a rule, only a tiny bit of violence against children is made public. Death penalty for pedophilia will not help to save them," Edil Baisalov said.

It should be noted that it was repeatedly offered in Kyrgyzstan to toughen the punishment for pedophilia, including introduction of castration, life imprisonment and death penalty. 

There were even collected signatures in support of the latter norm.

Source: eng.24.kg, Sept. 26, 2015

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