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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…

Iran: Two Hanged at Rajai Shahr Prison and Two Hanged in Public

Public hanging in Kazeroon Iran, on August 11, 2016
Public hanging in Kazeroon Iran, on August 11, 2016
Two prisoners were hanged at Rajai Shahr Prison on Wednesday August 10, while another two prisoners were hanged in public in two different Iranian cities on Tuesday August 11.

Iran Human Rights (AUG 11 2016): On Thursday August 11, two prisoners were hanged in public, one in the city of Ravansar (Kermanshah province, western Iran) and one in the city of Kazeroon (Fars province, south central Iran). 

On Wednesday August 10, at least two prisoners were reportedly executed at Karaj's Rajai Shahr Prison (west of Tehran) on murder charges.

On Monday August 8, Iran Human Rights had reported on the transfer of at least four prisoners at Rajai Shahr Prison to solitary confinement in preparation for their executions. 

The execution sentences of two of these prisoners were reportedly carried out on Wednesday. Sources say the names of the two prisoners are: Fariborz Jalali and Gholamreza Arabderazi. 

The execution sentences of the two other two prisoners, identified as Shokr Ali Ahi and Majid Shirafkan, were stopped by the complainants on their case files.

The state-run news site Jame Jam reports on the public execution of the prisoner in Kermanshah. 

The prisoner, who is not udentified in the report, was reportedly hanged for the murder of Salim Ghanbari, former prosecutor of Ravansar. "The people of Ravansar had organized an online campaign calling for a boycott of this public execution to urge citizens not to attend. This is why not many people attended," a confirmed source tells Iran Human Rights.

The state-run news agency Mehr reports on the public execution of the prisoner in Fars. 

According to the report, the prisoner, identified as Abbas Tahmasebi, had previous murder convictions in his case file, but he was arrested and sentenced to death for "purchasing and selling of 100 grams of heroin, purchasing and selling 39 grams of crystal meth, and trafficking and possessing 40 grams of heroin". 

Iran Human Rights has uploaded a video of Mr. Tahmasebi's execution.


Public hanging in Ravansar, Iran, on August 11, 2016
Public hanging in Ravansar, Ira, on August 11, 2016

Public hanging in Ravansar, Iran, on August 11, 2016

Public hanging in Ravansar, Iran, on August 11, 2016

Public hanging in Ravansar, Iran, on August 11, 2016


Public hanging in Kazeroon, Iran, on August 11, 2016
Public hanging in Kazeroon, Iran, on August 11, 2016

Public hanging in Kazeroon, Iran, on August 11, 2016


Public hanging in Kazeroon, Iran, on August 11, 2016


Public hanging in Kazeroon, Iran, on August 11, 2016


Public hanging in Kazeroon, Iran, on August 11, 2016


Public hanging in Kazeroon, Iran, on August 11, 2016


Public hanging in Kazeroon, Iran, on August 11, 2016


Source: Iran Human Rights, August 11, 2016

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