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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…

Seven Prisoners Hanged in Iran

Iran Human Rights (JAN 11 2017): Seven prisoners were reportedly hanged in southern, western, and northern Iran.

According to Iran state run media, Javan, three prisoners were hanged at Larestan Prison (in the southern provine of Fars) on armed drug trafficking charges. 

The executions were reportedly carried out on Sunday January 10. 

A local state run website, Sohbat, identified the prisoners as: B.G., M.H., and A.B., between the ages of 35 and 40.

According to the human rights group, HRANA, one prisoner was hanged at Khorramabad Prison (in the western province of Mazandaran) on murder charges.

The prisoner, who has been identified as Ghodrat Garavand, was reportedly executed on Sunday January 10. 

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary, have been silent on Garavand's execution.

According to the Mazandaran Judiciary's press department, three unidentified prisoners were hanged at Sari's central prison (in the northern province of Mazandaran) on drug charges. 

The date of the executions and the names of the prisoners were not mentioned in the report.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 11, 2016

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