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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…

Two Prisoners Executed in Northern Iran on Unknown Charges

Public execution in Iran
Two unidentified prisoners were hanged in northern Iran on unknown charges.

Iran Human Rights (AUG 6 2016): Two unidentified prisoners were reportedly hanged on unknown charges at Choubindar, Qazvin's central prison (northern Iran). 

According to unofficial source, HRANA, the executions were carried out on the morning of Wednesday August 3. 

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and state media, have been silent about these two executions. Many of the executions carried out in Iran are not announced by official Iranian sources. 

Human rights groups, including Iran Human Rights, are worried that the number of executions in Iran is much higher than known.

Iran Human Rights had previously reported on other executions carried out on August 3rd in Iran.

 A prisoner was hanged at Taybad Prison (Razavi Khorasan province, northeastern Iran) on drug related charges and three prisoners were hanged at Saqqez Central Prison (Kurdistan province, northwestern Iran) on drug related charges.

Source: Iran Human Rights, August 6, 2016

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