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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…

Iran: Three Young Prisoners Hanged on Murder Charges

Public execution in Iran
Three young prisoners were hanged in Adel Abad Prison, but the Iranian authorities are silent about it.

Iran Human Rights (AUG 5 2017): On the morning of Tuesday August 1, three prisoners in their early twenties were reportedly hanged at Shiraz's Adel Abad Prison on murder charges.

Close sources have identified the prisoners as Abolhassan Abravan, Ata Atazadeh, and Hassan Arefianfar. 

The prisoners were reportedly under the age of 20 at the time of their arrest four years ago for murder through attempted robbery. 

Another individual was reportedly present during the robbery, Mohsen Pourmand, but he was issued a 13-year prison sentence.

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

Source: Iran Human Rights, August 6, 2017

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