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Like any place humans gather, death row has a culture. Billy Wardlow says it's different in many ways from general population. One is in how new inmates are treated. "In [general population], the guys around you would try to find some way to exploit you," Wardlow said. "Death row, with a few exceptions, will often extend a hand of friendship to the 'new boot' so they can get on their feet ... Most of us get together and let each other know what we can send to the new guy."
One of the cherished myths of those who support the death penalty is that it is reserved for the “worst of the worst,” those beyond redemption.
Wardlow typically sends writing materials, food, clothes, and hygiene products. Recently, after receiving some of these items, a new inmate asked Wardlow what he owed him. "I told him to remember how guys helped him when he saw someone else new," Wardlow said. "Pay it forward, as the saying goes."
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Iran Executions: Man Hanged at Qazvin Central Prison

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Iran Human Rights; October 6, 2018: A prisoner was executed on October 2, at Qazvin Central Prison on murder charges. 

According to IHR sources, on the morning of Tuesday, October 2, Hamed Valizadeh was hanged at Qazvin Central Prison (also called Chubin Dar). 

He was from Abhar city and was 38 years old at the time of the execution. 

Hamed was arrested in January 2014 for murdering a person and convicted to qisas (retribution in kind) at Qazvin public court. 

According to the IHR sources he was involved in an honour killing case. 

The Iranian media outlets have not published news related to the aforementioned execution so far.

According to Iran Human Rights annual report on the death penalty, 240 of the 517 execution sentences in 2017 were implemented due to murder charges. 

There is a lack of a classification of murder by degree in Iran which results in issuing a death sentence for any kind of murder regardless of intensity and intent.

Source: Iran Human Rights, October 6, 2018


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