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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: President Widodo Orders Investigation Into Drug Lord's Testimony

Freddy Budiman, shortly before his execution on Nusakambangan Island.
Freddy Budiman, shortly before his execution on Nusakambangan Island.
Jakarta. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo ordered the National Police to investigate claims by a recently executed drug lord that law enforcers have long been involved in drug-trafficking rings in the country.

Rights activist Haris Azhar had published the testimony by Freddy Budiman just hours before his execution at Nusakambangan.

"Investigate it, find out if what is claimed in the testimony is true," Jokowi said in Bali on Thursday (11/08).

However, the president expressed his regret that the information had not come out earlier. "The testimony was given in 2012. Why was it not published then?" Jokowi asked.

Jokowi had instructed National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian to assemble a team of investigators to verify Freddy's claims.

According to the president, the teams welcomes assistance from outside the police force. "Anyone who can crack this case should join the team,” Jokowi said.

Source: Jakarta Globe, August 12, 2016

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