Photos: Ten prisoners whose death penalties were switched to life
Yesterday's decision by Governor John Hickenlooper to grant murderer Nathan Dunlap a reprieve from the death penalty -- one that will stand as long as Hickenlooper is in office but can be reversed by successors -- doesn't stand alone. As noted by the Death Penalty Information Center, more than 270 death row inmates have been granted clemency since 1976 -- and before then, a Supreme Court ruling nixed many more. Below, see ten examples, featuring photos and text from the DPIC and another source explaining why the executions were converted.
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Clemency granted 2012 in Ohio.
Death Penalty Information Center: "Governor John R. Kasich commuted the death sentence of Ronald Post to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Kasich followed a recommendation of mercy by the state parole board, which said there were too many problems with how he was represented 30 years ago. (Associated Press, December 17, 2012)."
Clemency granted 2012 in Georgia.
Death Penalty Information Center: "Greene's sentence was commuted to a sentence of life without parole by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles. Evidence presented to the board included testimony from the prosecutor that that he would have sought life without parole rather than the death penalty if life without parole had existed at the time Greene was sentenced, testimony from community members and prison officials that the crime was an outlier of the otherwise peaceful and upstanding life and that Greene was intoxicated at the time of the crime. (Savannah Morning News, April 20, 2012)."
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