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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…

Saudi Arabia executes 71st prisoner this year

Public execution in Saudi Arabia (file photo)
Public execution in Saudi Arabia (file photo)
Campaigners warn country kills people at a 'frightening' rate

SAUDI Arabia this morning executed its 71st criminal in 2016, as campaigners warned the country is killing people at a “frightening” rate.

Abdullah Rouwaili had been found guilty of trafficking amphetamines and was put to death in the northern Tabuk region, the interior ministry said.

Most people executed in Saudi Arabia are beheaded with a sword.

The 71 executions so far this year include 47 death sentences for “terrorism” carried out in a single day on January 2. 

In 2015, Saudi Arabia executed 153 people, most of them for drug trafficking or murder.

Rights group Amnesty International says the number of executions in Saudi Arabia last year was the highest for two decades.

However, the tally was far behind those of China and Iran.

The kingdom has a strict Islamic legal code under which murder, drug trafficking, armed robbery, rape, homosexuality and apostasy are all punishable by death.

Source: Agence France-Presse, March 8, 2016

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