In 1995 New York State revived the death penalty as a punishment for certain categories of murder, and established a “death row” for condemned men at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York (variously, “Clinton” or the “Prison”). Four years later, in October 1999, two committees of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (the “Association”) joined together to study the conditions of confinement on this death row--or, as it is officially called, the Unit for Condemned Persons (the “UCP”). These committees--the Committee on Corrections and the Committee on Capital Punishment--formed a joint subcommittee (the “Subcommittee”) to study, assess, and report on the conditions under which death row prisoners await their execution. This is the report of that Subcommittee.
Michael B. Mushlin et al., Dying Twice: Conditions on New York's Death Row, 22 Pace L. Rev. 347 (2002), available at http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/lawfaculty/462/.