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Civil death

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Rhode Island Supreme Court ruled the state’s “civil death statute” is unconstitutional. The statute dictates that any person sentenced to life in prison “be deemed dead in all respects, as if his or her natural death had taken place at the time of conviction.” The court ruled the statute unconstitutionally deprives people with such sentences of their right to bring civil actions in the state.

Read the opinion here.

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