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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…

Ten Prisoners Including Women Hanged in Iranian Prisons

Public execution, Iran
Ten prisoners were reportedly hanged in prisons across Iran.

Two of the prisoners were women. Most of the prisoners were hanged on drug related charges.

Iran Human Rights (JULY 26 2017): Ten prisoners, including a woman, were reportedly hanged at Zanjan, Kermanshah, Mahabad, Noshahr, Babol, Gachsaran and Urmia prisons. 

Most of the prisoners were executed on drug related charges.

Two Prisoners Hanged at Zanjan Cenral Prison


According to close sources, on the morning of Tuesday July 25, two prisoners were executed at Zanjan Central Prison on drug related charges. 

The prisoners have been identified as Jalil Dadyarvand and Mohammad Ali Yari. "Jalil Dadyarvad was married and was the father of a three-year old child. He was sentenced to death on the charge of three kilograms of crack," an informed source tells Iran Human Rights. "Mohammad Ali Yari was arrested in 2013 on the charge of trafficking two kilograms and 100 grams of crystal meth and one kilogram and 900 grams of opium. Despite his insistence that he had nothing to do with the drugs, he was sentenced to death. The drugs belonged to an individual who was executed in 2015," says the informed source.


Prisoner Hanged at Kermanshah Central Prison


On the same day, a prisoner was reportedly executed at Kermanshah Central Prison on murder charges. Close sources have identified the prisoner as Omran Ahmadvand, approximately 31 years of age.


Three Prisoners, Including a Woman, Hanged at Urmia's Central Prison


On Wednesday July 26, three prisoners, including a woman, were reportedly executed at Urmia's central prison on drug related charges. 

Close sources have identified the two men prisoners as Farhad Mousizadeh and Davoud Maldar. 

The identity of the woman prisoner is not known at this time. 

These prisoners were among a group of five who were transferred to solitary confinement on Tuesday.

Prisoner Hanged at Mahabad Prison


The human rights news agency, HRANA, reported on two prisoners who were transferred from Urmia's central prison to Mahabad Prison this week. 

One of them, identified as Fattah Amini, was reportedly executed on the morning of Tuesday July 25 on murder charges.

Woman Prisoner Hanged at Babol Central Prison


HRANA also reported on an unidentified 25-year-old woman prisoner who was executed at Babol Central prison on Wednesday morning. 

She was reportedly executed on murder charges. Her name is not known at this time.

Prisoner Hanged at Noshahr Central Prison


The state-run news agency, Rokna, reported on the execution of a prisoner at Noshahr Central Prison on murder charges. 

The prisoner was reportedly hanged on Wednesday morning, but the prisoner's name was not published in the report.

Source: Iran Human Rights, July 26, 2017

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