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Photos: Ten prisoners whose death penalties were switched to life

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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.

Ronald Post

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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)."

Daniel Greene

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Daniel Greene.
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)."

Continue to see more from our list of ten prisoners whose death penalties were switched to life.



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paleblueeyes24
paleblueeyes24

So Gaile Owens gets a death sentence but she's now out of prison. Yeah that sounds right. WTF? Why have trials and jury's if politicians can do whatever they want!!

Jame Koopman
Jame Koopman

3 squares and a place to live for the rest of your life is considered punishment for killing, raping, molesting, and armed robbery? That's why we have so much of these crimes in this country. It's bad enough that we show them how easy it is to do it in movies, tv shows and video games, but then we keep them around with others just like them and store them up. Some of them we let out after some years so they can do it again. The others, well let's hope one day when all hell breaks lose that they can't get out of their cage and get to roam the streets again as even sicker animals. We should be executing them in mass firing squads daily.

Nandrolone
Nandrolone

The statesmen that commuted the sentences of those convicted placed "people over process" as John Hickenlooper has done. Mama always said "two wrongs don't make a right"...and I think Hick's mother must have known mine...Thank you Guv'ner :)

Mitch Siff
Mitch Siff

..."can only really support the decision if we have absolute, irrefutable proof of the crime." AGREE

Pam Stiffler
Pam Stiffler

As much as I'd like to think jury verdicts matter. As much as I think Dunlap should ride 'ol sparky to his spot in the compost heap in hell, r

Che Harness
Che Harness

Had this discussion with a few friends last night... With all the criminals that were exonerated after spending decades in prison, I tend to draw back from supporting the death penalty. Now I can only really support the decision if we have absolute, irrefutable proof of the crime. On the other hand, if we have that kind of proof... I have no problem turning these people over to medical researchers or a running man like PPV program. Might as well make their deaths useful and profitable. I don't believe prisons are rehabilitative, not sure if I think they should be, and I think they just make criminals better at being criminals. To me there are three classifications of criminals when it comes to punishment... *non-violent - should be tracked or monitored in some fashion but never put in jail. We can't teach people how to live in society by taking them out of it. *violent but not habitual, crimes of passion) - jailed according to the severity of the crime. There are certainly variables here as to what someone might consider violent. *crazy, mass murdering mother fuckers - unless we can learn from them or use them, get rid of them.

Melissa Soria
Melissa Soria

I think anyone who kills someone out of pure joy, should experience the same treatment that their victim(s) did.

Brian Eckes
Brian Eckes

Pathetic. We don't have money for education, but can afford to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to lock up these animals. Put them to sleep!

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