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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."
Sending gifts is one thin…

Iran: Nature Conservationist Guard Hanged; Man Hanged for Drug Charges

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Iran Human Rights (IHR); December 1, 2019: A nature conservationist guard (ranger) was executed in Kerman city on Thursday for the charge of killing a hunter. 

According to the Iranian state-run news agency ISNA, on the morning of Thursday, November 28, a nature conservationist guard (ranger) was executed for shooting an illegal hunter to death ten years ago.

His identity is not revealed. However, a police official said, “the guard had killed a hunter outside of his area of responsibility on his off-day.”

The guard was held in prison for ten years before the execution. He was sentenced to qisas (retribution in-kind).

According to the Iranian Islamic Penal Code (IPC) murder is punishable by qisas which means “retribution in kind” or retaliation. 

In this way, the State effectively puts the responsibility of the death sentence for murder on the shoulders of the victim’s family. In qisas cases, the plaintiff has the possibility to forgive or demand diya (blood money). 

In many cases, the victim's family are encouraged to put the rope is around the prisoner's neck and even carry out the actual execution by pulling off the chair the prisoner is standing on.

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 for Drug Charges


Iran Human Rights (IHR); December 1, 2019: A man was hanged in Birjand prison for drug charges last week.

According to Baluchi Activists Campaign, on the morning of Sunday, November 24, prisoner Mohammad Dabir was executed at Birjand prison. 

Mohammad Dabir, son of Aghanour, was held in prison for one and a half year before the execution. 

His execution has not yet been announced by the Iranian authorities or media so far. 

Out of the 110 people who were executed in the first half of 2019, nine were sentenced to death for drug-related charges.

Source: Iran Human Rights, Staff, December 1, 2019


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