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In the crosshairs of conscience: John Kitzhaber's death penalty reckoning

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To cope with his dread, John Kitzhaber opened his leather-bound journal and began to write.
It was a little past 9 on the morning of Nov. 22, 2011. Gary Haugen had dropped his appeals. A Marion County judge had signed the murderer's death warrant, leaving Kitzhaber, a former emergency room doctor, to decide Haugen's fate. The 49-year-old would soon die by lethal injection if the governor didn't intervene.
Kitzhaber was exhausted, having been unable to sleep the night before, but he needed to call the families of Haugen's victims.
"I know my decision will delay the closure they need and deserve," he wrote.
The son of University of Oregon English professors, Kitzhaber began writing each day in his journal in the early 1970s. The practice helped him organize his thoughts and, on that particular morning, gather his courage.
Kitzhaber first dialed the widow of David Polin, an inmate Haugen beat and stabbed to death in 2003 while already serving a life sentence fo…

Indonesia: Drugs seized in Kerobokan prison raid

Bali's Kerobokan prison
Bali's Kerobokan prison
Hundreds of ecstasy pills and 15 small packages of crystal methamphetamine or shabu-shabu have been seized during a raid at Kerobokan Penitentiary in Bali.

The raid, conducted by a joint security team comprising personnel from the Law and Human Rights Ministry, National Narcotics Agency (BNN), police and military, took place on Thursday morning. 

Two inmates were subsequently taken to the police station on suspicion of dealing drugs within the prison.

Bali Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Hery Wiyanto said the drugs had been found in cells inside the prison. 

He declined to give more details about the two inmates taken to the police station. "We will conduct further investigations to uncover the prison drug ring," Hery said.

In the raid, which started at 4 a.m. local time, the joint team searched all blocks in the prison.

Apart from drugs, several glass pipes or "bongs", sharp weapons and a number of mobile phones were also confiscated in the raid. 

In a urine test, six inmates also tested positive for drugs.

Kerobokan prison warden Slamet Prihantara professed ignorance at how the narcotics had entered the prison, and called on the police to investigate further.

"If any prison guards are involved [in the drug ring], they will be fired," Slamet said.

He added that the prison authorities had recently conducted a string of raids to clean up the prison from drugs.

A shortage of prison guards was partly to blame for the prevalence of drugs, he went on. "We have only 12 prison guards to handle and monitor more than 1,100 inmates," Slamet revealed.

Source: Jakarta Post, April 16, 2016

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