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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 for Inmate, Cop Controlling Drug Ring From Behind Bars

Bali's Kerobokan Prison
Bali's Kerobokan Prison
The Surabaya District Court on Tuesday (01/03) sentenced to death a female prison inmate for controlling a drug syndicate from behind bars with the help of a police officer and his wife, who also received the death penalty.

Tri Diah Toriassiah, also known as Susi, was serving a 7-year jail term in East Java's Porong prison in Sidoarjo district for another drug crime when she was found to have distributed at least 50 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of Rp 6 billion ($450,958), the court ruled.

Susi had enlisted the help of Adj. First Insp. Abdul Latif of the Sedati Subdistrict Police and his wife Indri Rahmawati to pick up shipments from a former inmate named Yoyok and distribute them to drug dealers across Surabaya, Indonesia's 2nd biggest city.

"Despite being in prison for drug offenses, Susi continued to run her [narcotics] business by working with Yoyok; the volume of drugs [they distributed] was huge," presiding judge Kamaruddin Simanjuntak said on Tuesday afternoon.

The judges unanimously agreed to hand her the death sentence.

Source: Jakarta Globe, March 1, 2016

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