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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…

Bali In Drug ‘State Of Emergency’ Says Governor

Bali In Drug ‘State Of Emergency’
Bali is in the grip of a drug crisis verging on a ‘state of emergency’ with drug abuse cases reaching 62,457 last year, Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika said Monday, Aug. 7.

Pastika expects the number of cases to be far higher.

“That number is what’s recorded, just the tip of the iceberg. The actual amount, is a lot, it could be three to four times more,” he said, as reported by Antara Bali.

He pointed to a steady increase year-on-year, with 61,353 cases recorded in 2015, as evidence of the ‘state of emergency.’

Pastika announced the government would expand efforts to ‘facilitate drug abuse prevention’ and funding to the National Narcotics Agency (BNNP) Bali office.

“BNNP really needs support … so we have to create a legal umbrella so we can help them with their regional revenue budget,” he said.

Bali is often seen as a hotspot for drug crime on the fringes of the booming tourism industry, with some of the country’s most high-profile drug crimes occurring there, including the arrests of the Bali Nine smugglers and Australian national Schapelle Corby.

Source: Indonesia Expat, August 8, 2017

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