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Prison Inmates Threaten Violence If Williams Denied Clemency

Sacramento, CA — Inmates in California prisons are threatening violence if convicted Crips gang co-founder Stanley Williams is denied clemency by the governor.

Officials say the threats include assaults on correctional officers and other prison staff members.

Standard procedures at San Quentin dictate that the facility be locked down 24 hours before a scheduled execution but wardens at other state prisons have the discretion to determine if security should be increased at each individual facility.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger listened to prosecutors and defense attorneys in a clemency hearing Thursday to determine whether Williams´ death sentence should be commuted to life without parole.

The governor has made no indication on a decision, but he says he´s doing research and looking closely into the matter in order to “make the right decision.”

Williams was convicted of four Los Angeles murders in 1981.