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Why Texas’ ‘death penalty capital of the world’ stopped executing people

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Since the Supreme Court legalized capital punishment in 1976, Harris County, Texas, has executed 126 people. That's more executions than every individual state in the union, barring Texas itself.
Harris County's executions account for 23 percent of the 545 people Texas has executed. On the national level, the state alone is responsible for more than a third of the 1,465 people put to death in the United States since 1976.
In 2017, however, the county known as the "death penalty capital of the world" and the "buckle of the American death belt" executed and sentenced to death a remarkable number of people: zero.
This is the first time since 1985 that Harris County did not execute any of its death row inmates, and the third year in a row it did not sentence anyone to capital punishment either.
The remarkable statistic reflects a shift the nation is seeing as a whole.
“The practices that the Harris County District Attorney’s Office is following are also signifi…

Iran: two executions, one in public

The Iranian regime's henchmen hanged a 36-year-old father of 3 in a prison in the city of Gorgan in northern Iran.

The victim identified as Hossein Naybandani had been sentenced to death for "transferring and being in possession of drugs."

Naybandani was hanged early morning on Sunday in the main prison in Gorgan.

There has been no official information released on his execution.

Execution rates have been increasing at "an exponential rate" in Iran. Since Hassan Rouhani took office as president of the clerical regime, the rate of executions has reach its highest in 25 years.

Iran under the rule of the mullahs is the number 1 record holder for the number of executions per capita.

As Ahmed Shaheed, the U.N. special rapporteur for human rights in Iran, has pointed out, the Iranian regime "continues to execute more individuals per capita than any other country in the world."

The number of executions by the regime is much higher than those officially reported or published in state media.

Source: NCR-Iran, December 12, 2015


A Prisoner Hanged for Drug Offenses, Another Prisoner Hanged in Public

On Sunday December 6, a prisoner with alleged drug charges was reportedly hanged at Gorgan Central Prison. On Wednesday December 9, an unidentified prisoner with alleged rape charges was reportedly hanged in a public space in Mamasani, a county in the province of Fars.

According to the human rights group, HRANA, the prisoner who was hanged on Sunday is Hossein Neybandani, a 31-year old man accused of possessing and trafficking narcotics. 

Iranian official sources have been silent about Neybandani's execution.

According to the Iranian official news site Seda o Sima, the unidentified prisoner was 21 years old at the time of his execution.

Source: Iran Human Rights, December 12, 2015

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