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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 hanged for murder in Yasuj and Kermanshah

Iran Human Rights (JAN 26 2016): Two unidentified prisoners have been hanged by Iranian authorities.

According to state run news agency Khabar Online, a prisoner was hanged at Yasuj's central prison on Sunday January 24. 

The prisoner, who has not been identified, was reportedly executed on murder charges. 

The unidentified prisoner was reportedly arrested five months ago. 

Yasuj is located in the Iranian Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province (southwestern Iran).

In another official report by Khabar Online, the execution of a prisoner in Kermanshah (western Iran) for the alleged murder of the Friday Prayer Imam of Savojbolagh (a county in the province of Alborz, northern Iran) was confirmed by the Iranian Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohsen Eje'i. 

According to Eje'i, the prisoner was also charged with other offenses. 

Information about the date and location of the execution, the other offenses, or about the prisoner's identity were not mentioned in the report.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 26, 2016

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