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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: Death Penalty Execution for Drug-Related Convicts to Continue This Year

Bali's Kerobokan prison
Bali's Kerobokan prison
Several drug-related convicts who are on death row will be executed this year.

The Indonesian government is firm in its stance of upholding the drug penalty law for convicted drug traffickers. 

This year, the government will send to the gallows several Indonesian nationals who are on death row for drug trafficking.

This is according to Coordinating Minister for Political, Law and Defense Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan.

The minister, however, did not mention the number of inmates who are going to be executed and he also did not identify them.

"This year it will be implemented (death penalty) to Indonesian nationals," Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said in his 1-hour public lecture at Institu Teknologi Bandung (ITB) on Friday (18/3) as reported by Tempo.co. He was commenting on the government's past decisions to delay the execution of drug inmates in response to their new claims of innocence.

In April last year, shortly after the execution of 8 drug traffickers including an Indonesian national, a well-placed official at the Attorney General's Office said the government was making plan to send to the gallows 5 death row prisoners. But, he did not say whether they were drug traffickers.

Meanwhile, in January of last year, 6 drug-related death-row prisoners including 5 foreign nationals, went to the gallows.

Source: globalindonesianvoices.com, March 20, 2016

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