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…

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Within a few months of taking office, President Joko Widodo drew huge international condemnation for executing foreign drug convicts.

Source: The Jakarta Globe, October 22, 2015

Julie Bishop arrives in Indonesia for first visit since Bali Nine executions in April

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has landed in Indonesia for her first visit since the Bali Nine executions.

Ms Bishop will spend the day in Padang, west Sumatra for the Indian Ocean Rim Association Ministerial meeting.

During the day, Ms Bishop will have several side bilateral meetings including with her Indian and Bangladeshi counterparts.

She will also have a one on one meeting with the Indonesian foreign minister, Retno Masudi.

The pair met for the first time after the execution of the two Australian drug smugglers in April, in what Ms Bishop described at the time as a very candid encounter.

Australia withdrew its Ambassador to Indonesia, Paul Grigson, in April this year to protest against the executions, and formal ministerial engagements between the nations stopped for months before beginning again in August.

Ms Bishop is now the fourth Australia Minister to visit Indonesia in just over two months.

The Indonesia Government said it was a sign of the strengthening relationship that Australia has now arranged for a ministerial visit to Indonesia once a month.

Source: abc.net.au, Samantha Hawley, October 22, 2015

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