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The latest developments in potentially wrongful convictions, public policy and more.

Texas Will Temporarily Move Inmates From Prison Without Air Conditioning

Texas Will Temporarily Move Inmates From Prison Without Air Conditioning

After temperatures surpassed 100 degrees on 13 days last year, about 1,000 Wallace Pack Unit inmates will temporarily relocate to another prison or jail. Read the full story here.

Wrongly Convicted Massachusetts Man Is Free

Wrongly Convicted Massachusetts Man Is Free

Frederick Clay, who spent nearly 40 years in prison, is a free man after a judge vacated his murder conviction. Read full story here.

Judge Denies Compensation Request From Wrongly Convicted Wyoming Man

Judge Denies Compensation Request From Wrongly Convicted Wyoming Man

A federal judge dismisses a civil rights lawsuit from Andrew Johnson, who was freed by DNA evidence in 2013 after serving nearly 24 years in prison. Read the full story here.

Death Penalty Opponents Ask Ohio Governor to Stop Execution

Death Penalty Opponents Ask Ohio Governor to Stop Execution

About 30,000 anti-death penalty advocates sign a petition requesting Gov. John Kasich halt the execution of convicted murderer Ronald Phillips, who would be the first inmate executed in Ohio since 2014. Read the full story here.

Florida to Add Resources for Inmates With Disabilities

Florida to Add Resources for Inmates With Disabilities

Settling a suit, the state agrees to bring prisons into compliance with federal laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act. Read the full story here.

Virginia Executes Inmate

Virginia Executes Inmate

Lawyers for William C. Morva, who was convicted in the 2006 murders of a security guard and deputy sheriff, say he suffered from a chronic psychotic disorder. Read the full story here.

Wrongly Convicted Michigan Man Is Free

Wrongly Convicted Michigan Man Is Free

Ledora Watkins is released from prison after serving more than four decades for a 1975 murder. Read the full story here.

U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Alabama Death Row Inmate, Sends Case Back to Lower Court

U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Alabama Death Row Inmate, Sends Case Back to Lower Court

James McWilliams, convicted of a 1984 rape and murder, argues an expert independent from prosecutors should have assessed his mental health before he received a death sentence. Read the full story here.

Judge Overturns Conviction of Wisconsin Inmate

Judge Overturns Conviction of Wisconsin Inmate

A judge orders a new trial for Richard Beranek, accused of a 1987 rape, citing questions about the hair evidence in the case. Read the full story here.

California Supreme Court Finds Racial Bias Influenced Jury Selection, Overturns Convictions

California Supreme Court Finds Racial Bias Influenced Jury Selection, Overturns Convictions

In a unanimous decision, the court overturns three convictions in a case where a prosecutor excluded 10 Latinos from the jury. Read the full story here.