Weeks after court ruling, inmates still living on death row

Weeks after court ruling, inmates still living on death row.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s death-row inmates, spared execution by last month’s state Supreme Court ruling, may soon be facing less restrictive prison conditions than others convicted of similar crimes.

A 2012 state law replaced the crime of “capital felony” with a crime known as “murder with special circumstances.”

Anyone convicted under that new statute faces life in solitary confinement for 22 hours a day, mimicking the conditions now on death row.

But attorneys say the 11 current death-row inmates will be re-sentenced under the old capital felony law.  Most inmates serving life without parole under that statute are in the general prison population.

For now the death-row inmates remain in their cells at the Northern Correctional Institution, while the state Supreme Court considers a motion by prosecutors to reconsider its death-penalty ruling.

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