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Texas Should Not Have Executed Robert Pruett

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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: Three Inmates Including Afghan Citizen Executed on Drug Charges

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Three prisoners, including an Afghan citizen, were reportedly hanged on the morning of Monday July 24. One of the prisoners was reportedly under the age of 18 at the time of his arrest. Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and state-run media, have not announced these three executions.

Iran Human Rights (JULY 25 2017): Three prisoners, including an Afghan citizen, were reportedly hanged at Isfahan Central Prison on drug related charges. According to close sources, the executions were carried out on the morning of Monday July 24.

The prisoners have been identified as Mohsen Abdi, Javad Mir and Habib. The last name of Habib, who is the Afghan citizen, is not known at this time. 

Close sources tell Iran Human Rights that Javad Mir was under the age of 18 at the time of his arrest and was 22 years of age at the time of his execution. 

These prisoners were reportedly transferred to solitary confinement on Saturday July 22 in preparation for their executions.

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and state-run media, have not announced these three executions.

The execution of prisoners with drug charges continues in Iran while the Iranian Parliament has approved a general plan to amend the law for combating drugs. 

The Parliament is scheduled to vote on the bill again following a two-week holiday. In the event of the final approval of the plan, the death sentences for many prisoners will be commuted to a prison sentence.

According to experts, those who are executed in Iran on drug related charges are not the main drug dealers, but individuals who sell drugs as a result of poverty.

There has been a surge in executions in Iran since the end of Ramadan. Most of the prisoners were executed on drug related charges.

Source: Iran Human Rights, July 25, 2017

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