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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…

Three Prisoners Hanged in Western Iran

Iran Human Rights (DEC 29 2015): On Saturday December 26, three prisoners on death row for alleged drug offenses were reportedly hanged at Parsilon Prison in Khorramabad (in the province of Lorestan, western Iran).

According to the human rights group, HRANA, the names of the prisoners are: Behrouz Amiry, Rahman Kazemzadeh, and Ali Hasanvand.

Hours before they were hanged to death, a video was released showing the three prisoners pleading for their lives.

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary, have been silent on these three executions.

Source: Iran Human Rights, December 29, 2015

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