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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 executions carried out, two in front of large crowds

Parsabad public execution, Iran, 20 SEPT 2017
A man was hanged in public as a large crowd of people, including children, watched.

Iran Human Rights (SEPT 21 2017): A man by the name of Ismael Rangerz was hanged in public in the city of Parsabad (Ardabil province) on murder and rape charges.

According to various state-run news agencies, the public execution was carried out on Wednesday September 20 in front of a large crowd of people, including children.

The judicial process for the prisoner lasted for a total of three months before his execution was carried out. 

Iran Human Rights is concerned that Ismael Rangers did not receive a fair trial.

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.


Parsabad public execution, Iran, 20 SEPT 2017


An unidentified man was hanged in public on murder charges

Golestan public hanging, Iran, 20 SEPT 2017
Iran Human Rights (SEPT 21 2017): An unidentified prisoner was reportedly hanged in public on the charge of murder of a police officer. 

The public execution was carried out on Wednesday September 20 in the province of Golestan.

According to the state-run news agency, Tasnim, the prisoner was arrested and sentenced to death last year. 

"This individual was sentenced to death on the charges of extortion, armed shooting and creating a state of fear and terror in society. He had wounded five police officers, and one of these officers, whose name is Hussein Deilam Katouli, was killed," says the head of the Judiciary in Golestan. 

The prisoner's name was not released in any of the state-run news reports.

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.


A man and a woman were executed in two different Iranian prisons on murder charges


Iran Human Rights (SEPT 21 2017): A man was reportedly hanged at Mashhad Central Prison on murder charges, and a woman was reportedly hanged at Zanjan Central Prison on murder charges.

According to the state-run news agency, Khorassan News, the prisoner at Mashhad Central Prison, was executed on the morning of Monday September 18. 

The report did not identify the name of the prisoner, but identified his age as 29.

According to the state-run news agency, Mehr News, the execution at Zanjan Central Prison was carried out on Tuesday September 19. 

The woman was identified only by the initials.

Source: Iran Human Rights, September 21, 2017


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