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Democrats Should Stop Saying Some People Should Die in Prison

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Replacing the death penalty with death in prison is not true progress.
Late last week, a clip of an interview from the New York Times with Sen. Elizabeth Warren made the rounds on social media. In it, Warren spelled out her position against the death penalty, citing the evidence of wrongful convictions and racism associated with capital punishment. Then she added: “I think that people who have committed truly heinous crimes should die in prison. I think that is how we give them the maximum, maximum punishment that we can: keep them in prison for all their days.”
Warren’s answer echoes a similar response by Bernie Sanders, who thinks those who commit “horrific” crimes should “spend the rest of their days” in prison. This position is widely accepted as the progressive stance on the death penalty: Nearly every person vying to be the Democratic presidential nominee agrees that life without parole should replace the death penalty.
But answers like Warren’s and Sanders’ represent a continua…

Three Men Executed in Northern Iran

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Iran Human Rights (IHR); November 17, 2019: Three prisoners were executed on Sunday and Tuesday at the central prison of the northern Iranian city of Rasht, Gilan province.

According to IHR sources, on the morning of Sunday, November 10, two prisoners were hanged at Rasht prison. 

Another prisoner was also executed on Tuesday, November 12. 

All were sentenced to death for murder. 

IHR could confirm the identity of two as Hossein Arasteh, from the city of Khomam, and Rashed Afrouz. 

The third person was a former school principal who was accused of murdering his wife.

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: iranhr.net, Staff, November 17, 2019


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