A Connecticut inmate who launched a hunger strike to protest his confinement conditions has been moved off death row more than a year after his sentence was overturned.
Eduardo Santiago tells The Associated Press that he is now in a new cell at the Northern Correctional Institution, and has been told he will have access to privileges that are unavailable to death-row inmates.
Santiago began a hunger strike two weeks ago to protest his continuing detention on death row despite a June 2012 Supreme Court ruling that threw out his sentence and ordered a new sentencing hearing for a 2000 murder-for-hire.
Santiago says the move lifts the stigma of being a death-row inmate.
Department spokeswoman Karen Martucci says the decision to relocate Santiago was unrelated to his protest.