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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…

West Jakarta Prosecutors office will continue to seek death penalty for drugs lords

The West Jakarta Prosecutors Office will continue to seek the maximum sentence of death for big players in the drug trafficking world.

The West Jakarta Prosecutors Office head Reda Manthovani said on Tuesday that last year, his office handled 721 drug cases and sought the death penalty for 25 suspects, particularly for those who were involved in the trafficking of large amounts of narcotics.

According to Reda, his office would seek the death penalty for at least 11 "big drugs suspects," this year. "The people have sent tons of narcotics to Indonesia. They did not merely sell narcotics here, but even established a drug factory," Reda said during a press conference.

Many human rights activists have complained about his firmness against drugs suspects, Reda said, adding that he believed that firm action against the drugs traffickers should be implemented so as to protect young people from drugs.

"Just imagine if one of the members of your family became a narcotics user," said Reda. "China is a great country, but they were defeated because of opium. We don't want to be like that," Reda said, citing the history of China, a nation that was defeated by invaders during the opium war.

He said that the West Jakarta Prosecutor's Office had demanded the death penalty for Iwan Setiawan, who is accused of possessing 450 kilograms of marijuana, but the West Jakarta District Court chose to punish him with a life sentence. "We will file an appeal," Reda said.

Source: The Jakarta Post, January 13, 2016

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