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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…

Pakistan: Two Hanged

LAHORE (Dunya News) – Two death row convicts were hanged in the jails of Toba Tek Singh and Bahawalpur on early Tuesday morning, Dunya News reported.

The dead bodies of the prisoners were handed over to their families after the execution.

According to details, death row prisoner Muhammad Sardar was hanged in the District Jail, Toba tek Singh.

Sardar was executed for killing a man named Amanullah in 1993.

Another murderer was executed in the New Central Jail, Bahawalpur.

Prisoner Rasheed Ahmad was hanged for murdering a man named Muhammad Shafi in 2004.

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.

There are more than 8,000 prisoners on death row in the country.

Source: dunyanews.tv, January 12, 2016

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