Inmate moved off death row after strike

HARTFORD — A Connecticut inmate who launched a hunger strike recently to protest his confinement on death row has been moved to new quarters more than a year after his death sentence was overturned.

Eduardo Santiago told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he is now in a new cell at the Northern Correctional Institution, and has been told he will have access to privileges, such as access to a gymnasium, that are unavailable to death-row inmates.

“It’s more of a relief because death row has a certain stigma attached to it,” Santiago said. “People treat you a certain way because you are death row. And now that the stigma has been lifted, there is going to be a change in attitude toward my person.”

Santiago began the hunger strike two weeks ago to protest his continuing detention on death row despite a June 2012 Supreme Court ruling that threw out his sentence and ordered a new sentencing hearing.

—Associated Press



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