Ill. Death Sentences A spokesman says Illinois Gov. George Ryan will commute the death sentences of all of the state's 156 death-row prisoners. Ryan has scheduled a news conference for Saturday afternoon. He gave four death-row inmates full pardons Friday, saying they had confessed under police torture. NPR News reports.

Illinois Governor Set to Commute 156 Death Sentences

Illinois Governor Set to Commute 156 Death Sentences

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A spokesman says Illinois Gov. George Ryan will commute the death sentences of all of the state's 156 death-row prisoners. Ryan has scheduled a news conference for Saturday afternoon. He gave four death-row inmates full pardons Friday, saying they had confessed under police torture. NPR News reports.