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Anti-Death Penalty Group to Tour Oklahoma Death Row

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group working to end the death penalty in Oklahoma has been granted permission to tour death row at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, including the executeon chamber and the prison graveyard.

The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty announced on Wednesday that the group had been granted permission for the tour by the Department of Corrections.

Coalition officials say the October 9th tour is the result of discussions with Governor Mary Fallin about the possibility of a study on the costs and use of the death penalty in Oklahoma.

Prison records show there currently are 51 prisoners facing the death penalty housed on OSP's death row. The lone woman facing execution in Oklahoma, Brenda Andrew, is housed at the Mabel Bassett Correctional Center in McLoud.