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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…

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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