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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: Dealers Arrested With Two Kilos of Crystal Meth

Indonesia: Two arrested with 2 kilos of crystal meth
Indonesia: Two arrested with 2 kilos of crystal meth
Jakarta. Two alleged drug dealers who had been on the run were arrested on the weekend with two kilos of crystal methamphetamine and around 34,000 ecstasy pills worth around Rp 3 billion ($225,000) in their possession in Bekasi, West Java, police said on Tuesday (17/05).

Bekasi Police chief Sr. Comr. Herry Sumarji told reporters the alleged drug dealers—identified only by their initials E.D. (30) and D.S. (45)—were part of an Indonesian drug syndicate led by one of Indonesia's most wanted drug fugitives, identified as U.G.

Herry said E.D. was arrested with 14 grams of crystal meth in his possession at a rented house on Jalan Masjid Hudal Islam in Pondokgede, Bekasi on Friday at around 10 a.m. 

The next day, police arrested D.S. in the neighboring subdistrict of Jakasampurna thanks to E.D.'s tip-offs.

After questioning both suspects, police again searched D.S.'s rented room and found two kilos of crystal methamphetamine and 34,000 ecstasy pills.

Herry said the drugs allegedly belonged to drug fugitive U.G. who lived in the same rented room with D.S. in Jakasampurna.

U.G. served a sentence for drug dealing at the Karawang Prison last year. He is believed to have returned to the drug business and now controls the drug market in Bekasi and surrounding areas.

According to Indonesia's anti-narcotics law, the amount of drugs confiscated in the raid was more than enough to charge the alleged dealers with the death penalty.

Source: Jakarta Globe, May 18, 2016

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