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Judge rules against death row inmates

(AP) A federal judge has ruled against Virginia inmates in a case regarding conditions on the state’s death row.

Prison officials overhauled death row policies last year after several inmates sued the state. Officials granted inmates more recreation time, among other things.

But the inmates said they feared the new privileges were only temporary and asked the judge to forbid the state from reinstating what they called “dehumanizing conditions.”

Judge Leonie M. Brinkema ruled against the inmates on Friday.

The judge noted the state Department of Corrections has spent nearly $2 million to implement the new death row policies, including building a new outdoor recreation yard and indoor recreation room.

She said the physical changes and monetary investments are “strong indicators that defendants will not revert to the previous conditions.”


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