RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has ruled that Virginia cannot go back to isolating death row inmates and denying them access to recreational facilities.
On Friday, a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling prohibiting the state from reverting to old conditions that were found to be unconstitutional. Those conditions included holding inmates in 71-square-foot cells for 23 hours a day.
The state improved its treatment of death row inmates in 2015 but did not commit to making those changes permanent.