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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: More Public Executions, Prisoner Hanged While Crowd Watched

Ilam public execution, Iran, 17 Sept. 2017
Iran Human Rights (SEPT 19 2017): A prisoner by the name of Samir Deivband was hanged in public in the city of Ilam in front of a crowd of people.

According to a report by the state-run media IRIB, the prisoner was sentenced to death on murder charges and was hanged in public on the morning of Sunday September 17. 

The IRIB report only identified the prisoner by the initials "S.D.", but local sources confirmed the prisoner's name to Iran Human Rights as Samir Deivband.

The research of Iran Human Rights shows 33 people were hanged in public in Iran in 2016 and an audience of hundreds of people, including children, were present for most of these hangings. 

Human rights activists and informed members of civil society have always severely criticized this issue.

Another prisoner by the name of Abouzar Ghadami was executed the day before, September 16, 2017, in Shiraz, southern Iran. He had been also found guilty of murder.

A young man identified as Davoud Hajizadeh was publicly hanged on September 14, 2017, in the town of Salmas, Western Azerbaijan. He was found guilty of murder.

Source: Iran Human Rights, September 19, 2017


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