Philly man held in solitary confinement 33 years must be let off death row, court rules

PHILADELPHIA — Ernest Porter spent 33 years in a 7-by-12-foot cell with a roughly 6-inch-wide window. He was allowed out for 10 hours a week — but leaving the cell meant being strip searched and then shackled. Exercise meant time spent in a cage, alone or with one other prisoner.That was life on death row in Pennsylvania state prison. And Porter’s was among the longest stints in solitary confinement on record, though his death sentence was vacated in 2003.But now, Porter and six other prisoners have been moved out of death row solitary into general population, following a precedent-setting 3rd…

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