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Illinois' Death Row

DEATH CHAMBER CLOSED FOR GOOD.
Governor Pat Quinn followed in George Ryan's footsteps when he signed SB3539, commuting the sentences of the 15 men who had landed on death row since the mass-commutations to life without parole. Fourteen were transferred to maximum-security prisons and one to a medium-security prison with a mental health facility. What was once Illinois' death row at Pontiac has been refashioned into a transitional facility for prisoners deemed worthy of moving from the high-security Tamms Correctional Center to a less-restrictive prison elsewhere in the state.

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