06 May 2019 :
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has affirmed a Virginia district court ruling that had declared the Commonwealth's death-row conditions of confinement unconstitutional. Virginia had voluntarily implemented reforms in response to a lawsuit filed by death-row prisoners, but had refused to rule out reinstituting those conditions in the future. The court's action bars state officials from reimplementing the unconstitutional conditions. In questo ricorso, come noi precedenti, i detenuti sono stati supportati dall’American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia, e dal Rutherford Institute, due importanti associazioni alla difesa delle libertà civili e dei diritti umani, e da diversi professori di psichiatria e psicologia.