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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…

Third Wave of Executions to Be Realized Soon: Indonesian AGO

Cilacap, gateway to Nusakam Bangan island
Cilacap, gateway to Nusakam Bangan island, where Indonesia
carries out its executions by firing squad.
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo said that a number of drug convicts would face the third wave of executions soon. 

While the number of death row convicts increased, Prasetyo claimed that the executions were hampered by weather conditions.

"It's difficult [to conduct executions] during the rainy season. We'll see about that. I've never said that the executions will be canceled. It's just a matter of time," Prasetyo said on Friday, March 18, 2016, without revealing names of convicts on death row.

Prasetyo also dismissed a rumor saying that the Attorney General Office (AGO) had been pressured by foreign countries to postpone the executions.

"There's no such thing. This is our law enforcement. We will enforce our law in our own country, and Indonesian law still applies death sentence," Prasetyo explained.

Therefore, the AGO would stick to the execution schedule, although a human rights organization Imparsial was in communication with Prasetyo asking the AGO to postpone this year’s execution.

Earlier, the AGO announced its target to execute 14 convicts in 2016 during the budget plan discussion with House of Representatives’ Commission III. 

In 2015, the AGO conducted two waves of executions: the first one on January 18, 2015 and the second one in April 29, 2015.

Source: tempoco.co, March 18, 2016

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