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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…

No pardon for drug traffickers in Indonesia: Ambassador

Indonesia meth bust
The Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Harry Purwanto, on Saturday ruled out any clemency for anyone caught carrying narcotic drugs in his country.

He said that his home government would not grant pardon to anyone involved in drug trafficking in Indonesia.

Purwanto disclosed this in Lagos while reacting to a report that 2 Nigerians were on death row in Indonesia for drug-related offences.

The envoy said that capital punishment would be meted to Nigerians who engaged in narcotic crimes, as well as to other foreigners and Indonesians engaging in the criminal acts.

"Let me say that Indonesia, currently, has very strict punishment measures for anyone engaged or that is planning to engage in drug trafficking.

"Let me also say that between 72 and 75 young Indonesians that were involved in narcotic crimes are currently in detention.

"My president, President Joko Widodo, is really committed to fighting drug trafficking, and has continued to maintain a firm stance against anyone arrested for involving in narcotic crime.

"So, there will be no clemency for anyone, be they Indonesians or other foreigners, arrested for drug-related offences," he said.

According to him, Indonesia will always resort to capital punishment after it has thoroughly investigated and exhausted the necessary legal processes.

Harry, however, said that his government would, sometime, only give consideration to arrested pregnant women, teenagers and mentally-deranged offenders.

The ambassador appealed to Nigerians to desist from visiting Indonesia for drug related-offences or allowed themselves to be used for drug trafficking.

Harry said that the existing cordial relationship between Nigeria and Indonesia would be stronger, if people of both countries obey the laws of their host countries.

Source: pmnewsnigeria.com, May 15, 2016

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