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.