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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…

Indonesia: Police Officer Sentenced to Death in Medan Drug Smuggling Case

Drug bust by Indonesian police
Drug bust by Indonesian police
Medan, North Sumatra. Two people, including a police officer, have been sentenced to death while the son of one of the convicts will spend his life in prison after the trio was found guilty of smuggling crystal methamphetamine and ecstasy pills from Malaysia into Medan, North Sumatra.

A police officer was sentenced to death while his son for life for smuggling ten kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and 271 ecstasy pills from Malaysia into the provincial capital, officials said on Wednesday (17/02).

The Tanjung Balai District Court sentenced 48-year-old Adj. First Insp. Mustajab of the North Sumatra Regional Police and his partner, a 50-year-old civilian identified as Syahdan, to death while Mustajab's 22-year-old son Reza Maulana will spend life behind bars.

Syahdun was arrested by the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) in 2015 after transporting hundreds of ecstasy pills in his boat. After questioning, the authorities found Mustajab and Reza were also involved in the international drug network.

The father and son were arrested in the province's Tanjung Balai Selatan and were found to have 10 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine in their home.

“Their crime potentially jeopardizes the country's future generation. In addition, Mustajab is a police officer who has abused his authority. Mustajab and Syahdan are also repeat offenders for being drug couriers for three times. Nothing can make the sentence lighter,” presiding Judge Ulina Marbun said on Wednesday at the Court.

Indonesia's legal system takes a tough approach to those found guilty of drug crimes. In April 2015, eight people were executed at Cilacap's Nusakambangan Prison in Central Java — seven of them were foreigners.

Source: Jakarta Globe, Feb. 18, 2016

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