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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…

Pakistan on a killing spree

October 6, 2015: A death row convict has been sent to the gallows at the Kot Lakhpat Jail Lahore on early Tuesday morning, Dunya News reported.

According to details, death row prisoner Idrees was executed for killing a man in 1997.

Idrees' dead body was later handed over to his relatives.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lifted the moratorium on the death penalty on December 17, 2014, a day after Taliban gunmen attacked a school in Peshawar and killed 134 students and 19 adults. The killings put pressure the government to do more to tackle the insurgency.

October 3, 2015: A triple murder convict named Muhammad Akram was executed in the Sahiwal Central Jail. 

He had killed his wife, brother-in-law and sister-in-law over a domestic feud in 2002.

Two death row convicts were hanged in the Central Jail of Faisalabad on October 1, 2015. 

Shoukat and Ikhlaq had killed two brothers, Tariq Javed and Zafar Iqbal, in 2001

Since the de facto ban on capital punishment ended on 17 December 2014, at least 246 people, including twenty-five convicted terrorists, have been executed across the country. 

Sources: Dunya News, Hands off Cain,  jasarat.org, Sept. 1, 3, 6, 2015

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