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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: Ten Hanged at Rajai Shahr Prison

Iran: Medieval and barbaric punishments
Iranian authorities executed ten prisoners at Karaj's Rajai Shahr Prison on Sunday December 11.

Iran Human Rights (DEC 12 2016): Ten prisoners were reportedly hanged at Rajai Shahr Prison (Alborz province, northern Iran) on murder charges. 

According to close sources, the executions were carried out by Iranian authorities on Sunday December 11.

Close sources have identified the names of two of the prisoners as Ali Jafari and Abdollah Ghaffari. 

The names of the other eight prisoners are not known at this time. 

The ten prisoners were reportedly transferred to solitary confinement on Saturday December 10 in preparation for their executions.

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and the media, have been silent about these ten executions.

Source: Iran Human Rights, December 12, 2016

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