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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: Man Hanged at Shiraz Prison, Man Hanged at Borujerd Prison

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Iran Human Rights (IHR); November 10, 2019: A man was hanged at the central prison of Shiraz city last Monday.

According to IHR sources, on the morning of Monday, November 4, prisoner Hossein Asgari was hanged at Shiraz Central Prison (also known as Adelabad prison). 

A human rights group, Nafad Dar Ghafas, has reported that Hossein Asgari was arrested three years ago and sentenced to death for murder. 

Out of the 110 people who were executed in the first half of 2019, 83 were sentenced to qisas (retribution in-kind) for murder.

Man Hanged at Borujerd Prison


Iran Human Rights (IHR); November 9, 2019: A man was hanged at the central prison of Borujerd city last Thursday.

According to IHR sources, on the morning of November 5, prisoner Karam Sedghi was hanged at the central prison of Borujerd city, Lorestan province. 

“He killed a person by a firearm four years ago. It was an honour killing case,” a well-informed source told IHR.

Out of the 110 people who were executed in the first half of 2019, 83 were sentenced to qisas (retribution in-kind) for murder.

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, Staff, November 9-10, 2019


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