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TEXAS (USA): NO DEATH SENTENCES IN THE LAST 6 MONTHS

June 24, 2015: The last death sentence in Texas dates back to Dec. 17, 2014. The number of inmates on Texas' death row is falling, and the reason for the decline isn't a rise in executions. At its peak in 1999, 460 men and women were living with a death sentence in Texas, according to the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).
Today, there are 260. In 2000, an all-time high of 40 inmates were executed in Texas, compared with 10 last year.
So far this year, 9 inmates have been executed. The main reason is a drop in new death sentences. In 1999, 48 people were sentenced to Texas death row, according to BJS data. In 2008, that number was 9 - and has stayed in that range ever since. Juries condemned 11 new individuals to
death in Texas in 2014. This year, there have been no new death sentences so far, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). Experts suggest several factors could be contributing to the falling number of death sentences, from a national decline in support
for the death penalty to shortages of the lethal drugs used in executions. But consistently, they point to a 2005 law that offered Texas prosecutors the option to pursue life-without-parole sentences
against capital murder defendants. Previously, capital murder offenders who did not receive the death penalty were eligible for parole after 40 years.
Kathryn Kase, executive director of the Texas Defender Service, a nonprofit organization of death penalty attorneys, said: "Life without parole allows us to go back and reverse our mistakes." Since that law was enacted, the number of life-without-parole sentences has increased nearly every year, according to TDCJ. Between 2007 and 2014, the number of life-without-parole sentences jumped from 37 to 96. There are more inmates in Texas serving life without parole than those with a death sentence. (Source: Texas Tribune, 24/06/2015)

USA: 462 PEOPLE SHOT DEAD BY POLICE THIS YEAR
SYRIA: ISLAMIC STATE BEHEADS FOUR FOR SORCERY, INCLUDING TWO WOMEN
GHANA: PRESIDENT MAHAMA FREES 900 PRISONERS
SINGAPORE: HEROIN TRAFFICKER FAILS IN ATTEMPT TO ESCAPE DEATH PENALTY
IRAN: PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE MOHAMMAD ALI TAHERI SENTENCED TO DEATH
HANDS OFF CAIN, U.S. SUPREME COURT SHOULD EVALUATE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF DEATH PENALTY ITSELF
IRAN: DEATH SENTENCES ISSUED FOR 10 INDIVIDUALS IN SOUTHEASTERN PRISON
ALMOST EXECUTED BY MISSISSIPPI, MICHELLE BYROM FREE
NIGERIA: NINE PEOPLE SENTENCED TO DEATH BY KANO SHARIA COURT FOR BLASPHEMY AGAINST ISLAM
JAPAN: MURDERER CONVICT EXECUTED, GOVERNMENT ABE’S TWELFTH EXECUTION
USA: TSARNAEV FORMALLY SENTENCED TO 6 DEATH SENTENCES
CHINA: THREE DRUG SMUGGLERS EXECUTED
SAUDI CONFIRMS DEATH PENALTIES FOR MURDERS OF 4 FRENCH
LOUISIANA (USA): EXECUTIONS ON HOLD FOR AT LEAST A YEAR AS STATE SORTS OUT DEATH PENALTY METHOD
FRANCE DOING EVERYTHING IT CAN TO SAVE SERGE FROM EXECUTION
UN: ISLAMIC STATE COMMITTING ATROCITIES ON 'AN INDUSTRIAL SCALE'
KUWAIT: PINAY CONVICT RETURNS HOME AFTER 10-YEAR DETENTION
ZIMBABWE: MAN WHO RIPPED 83 YR OLD' STOMACH AND ROBBED SENTENCED TO DEATH
SOUTH CAROLINA (USA): GOVERNOR NIKKI HALEY CALLS FOR DEATH PENALTY FOR DYLANN ROOF IN CHURCH SHOOTINGS
IRAN: WRITER SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR APOSTASY
INDIA: MAN AWARDED CAPITAL PUNISHMENT FOR RAPING EIGHT-YEAR-OLD GIRL
TEXAS (USA): GREGORY RUSSEAU EXECUTED
PAKISTAN: TEN OTHER CONVICTED OF MURDER HANGED IN VARIOUS CITIES
YEMEN: AL QAEDA EXECUTES SAUDI MEMBERS FOR 'SPYING'
IRAN: DRUG SMUGGLER HANGED IN PUBLIC
BANGLADESH: HIGHEST COURT UPHOLDS DEATH SENTENCE OF TOP ISLAMIST
SAUDI ARABIA: TWO MURDERERS BEHEADED
EGYPT: DEATH SENTENCE AGAINST EX PRESIDENT MORSI UPHELD
IRAN: 25 PRISONERS WERE HANGED IN GOHARDASHT PRISON, KARAJ, WEST OF TEHRAN
KENYA: MP PROPOSES BILLS TO ABOLISH DEATH PENALTY

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