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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…

Hong Kong drug trafficker on death row moved to Indonesia's 'Execution Island'

Welcome to Nusakambangan Penal Island, where executions are carried out.
Welcome to Nusakambangan penal island, where executions are carried out.
Lai Siu-cheung was convicted of trafficking 91kg of methamphetamine

A Hong Kong drug offender facing the death penalty in Indonesia has been sent to Central Java's so-called "Execution Island".

Lai Siu-cheung, who was convicted of trafficking 91kg of methamphetamine, was among seven foreign nationals transferred to Nusa Kambangan island, also known as the "Alcatraz" of Indonesia.

It is the area's primary location for meting out capital punishment.

The others on death row are Frank Amado from the United States; Chen Weibiao, Xiao Jin Zeng and Lo Tin-yau, reportedly from China; Malaysian citizen E Wee Hock; and Frank Nwaomeka from Nigeria.

The date of Lai's execution has not been announced.

Local media reported that the seven were transferred to the island on Friday, when about 50 other inmates were also taken to the prisons on the island.

The Hong Kong Immigration Department said it had been following the situation through the Foreign Ministry commissioner's office in Hong Kong and the Chinese embassy in Indonesia. It will remain in contact with Lai's family and provide assistance.

After a halt on executions between 2009 and 2012, Indonesia carried out three rounds of executions, with the last one in July.

Prior to that, in one of the country's most infamous executions, the three Bali bombers behind the terrorist attack that killed 202 people in 2002 faced a firing squad on the island in 2008.

Source: South China Morning Post, Danny Mok, March 14, 2017


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