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In the Bible Belt, Christmas Isn’t Coming to Death Row

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When it comes to the death penalty, guilt or innocence shouldn’t really matter to Christians.  

NASHVILLE — Until August, Tennessee had not put a prisoner to death in nearly a decade. Last Thursday, it performed its third execution in four months.
This was not a surprising turn of events. In each case, recourse to the courts had been exhausted. In each case Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, declined to intervene, though there were many reasons to justify intervening. Billy Ray Irick suffered from psychotic breaks that raised profound doubts about his ability to distinguish right from wrong. Edmund Zagorksi’s behavior in prison was so exemplary that even the warden pleaded for his life. David Earl Miller also suffered from mental illness and was a survivor of child abuse so horrific that he tried to kill himself when he was 6 years old.
Questions about the humanity of Tennessee’s lethal-injection protocol were so pervasive following the execution of Mr. Irick that both Mr. Zagorski and M…

Prisons across Pakistan house 8,000 inmates on death row

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LAHORE: Pakistan has the largest death row population in the world as the number has swelled up to 8,000, a local media outlet reported on Sunday.

Many of those on death rows have been in jails for decades and over the past five-years, no clear policy over the matter has been adopted by the federal government.

Between 6000-8000 inmates on death row across the country were convicted in murder cases and continue to wait execution with their appeals for clemency rejected.

A total of 332 criminals were executed in 2015 after the government lifted a moratorium on the death penalty in reaction to the Army Public School attack in December, 2014.

In 2016, at least 67 victims were hanged while at least 44 were sent to death in 2017. 

Most of those were convicted on terrorism charges and cases involving murders.

Poor sanitary conditions and a lack of hygiene causes dozens of deaths in prisons across the country every year.

Source: Pakistan Today, May 28, 2018


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