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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…

Kyrgyzstan: Draft law on death penalty for pedophiles submitted for public discussion

Kyrgystan's capital Bishkek
Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek
The draft law on introduction of death penalty for pedophiles has been submitted for public discussion. The initiator is Onuguu-Progress parliamentary faction.

It is proposed to supplement Article 21 of the Constitution of the Kyrgyz Republic with the words "The death penalty is prohibited, except for crimes against sexual inviolability of the minors."

Faction leader Bakyt Torobaev notes that it is necessary legislatively to toughen the penalties against pedophiles. "If the MPs support us, then such provision will be included in the Constitution," he says.

Moratorium on the death penalty was imposed in Kyrgyzstan in 1998. And in November 2007, the country adopted a new version of the Constitution, from which provisions on the death penalty have been removed.

The theme of the abolition of capital punishment for pedophiles was raised by the deputies in the spring before going on vacation, since more than 10,000 citizens then initiated the introduction of the death penalty for rapists of the minors.

Chairman of the Committee on the Protection of Children "Strong family - strong state" Zhenish Akmatov noted that the rate of sexual offenses against children is increasing from year to year. Explaining the need for the introduction of capital punishment, the activist noted that many countries use the death penalty. It is Belarus, China, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, and more than 12 US states. Russia, Kazakhstan, South Korea have such a provision, permitting the use of the death penalty, in the Constitution but it is not put in practice.

Kubat Otorbaev, Ombudsman, stated that he, as a parent, is for the abolition of the moratorium on the death penalty, but as the country's main human rights defender he understands Kyrgyzstan can not use it. Ombudsman explained that the introduction of the death penalty will be, in fact, the rejection by the state of the intentions on raising the spiritual values without which a developed society can not exist. And deprivation of a person's life (even legally) means lifting of responsibility by the state and society for the education of man as a person. "In the end, all this could lead to further degradation and exasperation of the society, and in the best case to a standstill in the legal consciousness," Kubat Otorbaev said.

As an alternative, the Ombudsman proposes to replace the death penalty with life imprisonment, fixing legally that a pedophile can not be granted amnesty.

Source: eng.24.kg, August 17, 2016

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