Washington Supreme Court upholds indefinite solitary confinement for death row prisoners

[JURIST] The Washington Supreme Court ruled [opinion, PDF] 7-2 on Thursday that holding death row inmates in solitary confinement indefinitely is not an impermissible increase in the severity of punishment. The suit was initiated by Jonathan Gentry, who was sentenced to death in 1991 for the rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl and is the longest serving death row inmate in the state [Seattle Times report]. In 2008, budget constraints forced Washington to close the Special Housing Unit (SHU)…

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