In 2017 a total of nine scheduled executions were temporarily halted: seven were held up by courts, one was stopped because prosecutors believed the inmate might confess to another murder, and another was halted due to a clerical error.
Four death row inmates who collectively served more than 100 years on death row received reduced sentences in 2017, including Duane Buck, a black prisoner from Harris County. In his 1997 trial, a prison psychiatrist told the jury he would be more dangerous in the future because of his race — in 2017, after his appeal over the discriminatory testimony went to the Supreme Court, he reached a plea deal for life in prison instead.
Two death row inmates died of natural causes this year before they could be executed.
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