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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…

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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