Oregon Department of Corrections to eliminate death row

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Corrections is eliminating the state’s death row section of incarceration. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the agency made the announcement Friday. Death row inmates live largely together in a unit at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. Prisons officials say the elimination of the space that houses death row does not mean inmates’ death sentences will change. Officials say eliminating death row reflects the department’s decision to begin making individualized housing decisions regarding people sentenced to death, and a decrease in the numbers of those people. In the last 50 years, Oregon has executed two death row inmates. Voters have repeatedly implemented and repealed it from the state’s Constitution.