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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, pictured in San Francisco in October, commuted the sentences of all 17 people on death row on her way out of office. Jeff Chiu/AP hide caption

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown explains why she commuted all of her state's death sentences

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The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board recommended this month that Julius Jones' death sentence be commuted to life in prison with the possibility of parole. Oklahoma Department of Corrections via AP hide caption

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Oklahoma Department of Corrections via AP