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Organizers have been collecting signatures as part of a ballot initiative known as State Question 805, which calls for the end of sentencing enhancements for people convicted of nonviolent crimes.
Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Alabama have all authorized the practice in capital punishment. So what happens now?
Christopher Lay grew up under the influence of a father who was mentally ill. Drawn into a crime at age 19, he’s now seeking a second chance that could help other young adults demand the same.
With Appeal staff reporter Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg
Adam H. Johnson
Some death row prisoners will be moved to another unit with access to direct sunlight, fenced-in recreation, and contact visits, department says.
Civil rights groups demand change as other states move away from the practice of isolating people sentenced to death.
New development in a high-profile case comes as advocates question the state’s prison conditions and sentencing practices.