January 11 marks 10 years since Gov. Ryan cleared death row - WREX.com – Rockford’s News Leader

January 11 marks 10 years since Gov. Ryan cleared death row


It's been ten years since former Illinois Governor George Ryan commuted the sentences of 167 death row inmates.

During a speech at Northwestern University's law school in 2003, Ryan said he was forced to act because the state's capital system was "haunted by the demon of error." He claimed the justice system in Illinois had made errors in determining guilt and who deserved to die.

The death penalty has since been abolished in Illinois.


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