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  1. Jun 10, 2021 · Juan A. Lozano, Longest serving death row inmate in US resentenced to life, Associated Press, June 9, 2021; Samantha Ketterer, After 45 years on Texas’ death row, Houston man re-sentenced to life in prison, Houston Chronicle, June 9, 2021; Staff, Raymond Riles, Who Spent 45 Years On Texas’ Death Row, Resentenced To Life In Prison, CBSDFW .com, …

  2. Jan 20, 2020 · Rather than being executed, it is more likely that Lesko — Pennsylvania's longest-serving death row inmate — will die in prison by some other means. “I just don’t think justice is being...

    • Raymond Riles (41 Years) Riles has spent over 41 years on Death Row; the longest anyone has spent waiting to die in Texas, and one of the longest-serving Death Row inmates of all time.
    • Gary Alvord (39 Years) In the end, it seemed as if Gary Alvord was ‘too crazy’ to be executed. He was sentenced to death for a triple murder on April 9, 1974, but died from a brain tumor on May 19, 2013.
    • Brandon Astor Jones (36 Years 4 Months) On February 3, 2016, Georgia’s oldest Death Row inmate, 72-year-old Brandon Astor Jones, was executed by lethal injection.
    • Lawrence Bittaker (36 Years) While everyone on this list was convicted of a capital crime, Bittaker could be considered the most evil man in this article.
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  4. Jan 18, 2020 · Rather than being executed, it is more likely that Lesko — Pennsylvania’s longest-serving death row inmate — will die in prison by some other means. “I just don’t think justice is being...

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    Pennsylvania began carrying out executions in the early 1600s in the form of public hangings. In 1834, Pennsylvania became the first state in the U.S. to outlaw public executions and move the gallows to county prisons. In 1913, the state’s capital punishment statute was amended to bring executions under the administration of the state rather than i...

    Mumia Abu-Jamal was charged with the 1981 murder of police officer Daniel Faulkner and both the conviction and the subsequent death sentence sparked fierce controversy. Throughout his three-decade stay on Pennsylvania’s death row, Abu-Jamal’s supporters maintained that he is innocent. Organizations including Amnesty International and the City Gover...

    Nicholas Yarris was convicted in 1982 for the abduction, rape and murder of a young woman returning home from a day of work at the local mall. DNA evidence was collected at the crime scene but wasn’t the primary evidence in Yarris’ conviction. Multiple eyewitnesses testified to having seen a man resembling Yarris loitering in the vicinity of the sh...

    In Commonwealth v. Bradley (1972), the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ruled the Commonwealth’s death penalty sentencing procedures unconstitutional, implementing the Supreme Court’s decision in Furman v. Georgia​. Death row was emptied and sentences were judicially reduced to life. In 1974, overriding Governor Shapp’s veto, the legislature reenacted...

    Pennsylvania has the most onerous clemency prerequisites of any state, requiring the five-member Board of Pardons, which includes the Attorney General, the Lt. Governor, a corrections expert, a victim advocate, and a mental health expert, to unanimously recommend clemency before the Governor has the power to consider commutation. It has not granted...

  5. Death Penalty. The Department of Corrections (DOC) has no position on the death penalty. As an agency responsible for carrying out sentences imposed by the courts, it would be inappropriate to take sides on the issue of capital punishment. Execution List - Current listing of individuals currently sentenced to death (Excel) Warrant Listing ...

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