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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…

Bali Police Anti-Narcotics Chief Nabbed for Alleged Extortion

Bali Police Anti-Narcotics Chief Nabbed for Alleged Extortion
National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian, second from right, shows off
crystal methamphetamine that was seized from alleged drug dealers
in Jakarta in this Aug. 24, 2016 file photo. (Antara Photo/Muhammad Adimaja)
Jakarta. Bali Police anti-narcotics unit chief Sr. Comr. Franky Haryanto Parapat was reportedly arrested for the alleged extortion of arrested drug dealers, including a Dutch national.

Franky was nabbed at around 10 p.m. on Monday (20/09) in a sting operation conducted by the National Police's internal security division (Paminal).

National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian expressed his satisfaction with the arrest, as the institution is stepping up efforts to curb the illegal drug trade.

"I have not heard the details. If it is true, I commend the National Police's Paminal and Propam [internal affairs division] for having carried out my orders. I said in several meetings lately – maybe last week, during the operational ceremony – that my policy is to fight against drugs," Tito said at the National Police Hospital in East Jakarta.

Tito said he instructed the police's internal affairs and security affairs divisions to back up these efforts by closely monitoring officers who are suspected of cooperating with drug dealers.

National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar said the case involving the mid-ranking officer is still being investigated by the internal affairs and security affairs divisions.

"If we find proof of any crime, we will charge him. But it is still the authority of the Bali provincial police chief," Boy said.

According to unconfirmed reports, Franky allegedly extorted money from seven suspected drug dealers and drug users – who had been arrested for possessing less than 0.5 grams of crystal methamphetamine. He reportedly received around Rp 100 million ($7,600) from each person.

He allegedly also demanded a Toyota Fortuner SUV from a Dutch national, who was arrested in a drug raid.

Source: Jakarta Post, September 20, 2016

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