Texas Should Not Have Executed Robert Pruett

Update: Robert Pruett was executed by lethal injection on Thursday.
Robert Pruett is scheduled to be executed by the State of Texas Thursday. He has never had a chance to live outside a prison as an adult. Taking his life is a senseless wrong that shows how badly the justice system fails juveniles.
Mr. Pruett was 15 years old when he last saw the outside world, after being arrested as an accomplice to a murder committed by his own father. Now 38, having been convicted of a murder while incarcerated, he will be put to death. At a time when the Supreme Court has begun to recognize excessive punishments for juveniles as unjust, Mr. Pruett’s case shows how young lives can be destroyed by a justice system that refuses to give second chances.
Mr. Pruett’s father, Sam Pruett, spent much of Mr. Pruett’s early childhood in prison. Mr. Pruett and his three siblings were raised in various trailer parks by his mother, who he has said used drugs heavily and often struggled to feed the children. Wh…

Iran: Prisoner Hanged on Drug Charges

Iran: Medieval and barbaric punishments (file photo)
Iran: Medieval and barbaric punishments
A prisoner was hanged at Maragheh Prison on drug related charges. Four other prisoners at this prison are currently in imminent danger of execution.

Iran Human Rights (JAN 13 2017): A prisoner was reportedly hanged at Maragheh Prison on drug related charges. 

According to close sources, the prisoner, who has been identified as Morteza Heydari, was executed on Tuesday January 10. 

Close sources say Mr. Heydari is the father of a five-year-old child.

"Morteza was arrested on May 11, 2012 for possession of three kilograms of crystal meth and three kilograms and 600 grams of heroin. He was sentenced to death by the Malekan Revolutionary Court on June 10, 2013 and then he was exiled to Maragheh Prison," a confirmed source tells Iran Human Rights.

According to reports received by Iran Human Rights, there are four other prisoners in Maragheh Prison who are in imminent danger of execution. They are:

1. Iraj Ghaffouri, sentenced to death on drug related charges

2. Akbar Moradi, sentenced to death on murder charges

3. Hossein Fatemi, sentenced to death on drug related charges

4. Ali Mosloufi, sentenced to death on drug related charges

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 13, 2017

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