Mumia Abu-Jamal has been moved into the general prison population for the first time since going on death row for the killing of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner.
Susan McNaughton, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, said Abu-Jamal was moved Friday from the restricted housing unit at the Mahanoy facility in Frackville, Schuylkill County.
In the restricted housing unit, Abu-Jamal had largely been in solitary confinement for up to 23 hours a day.
Abu-Jamal was convicted of the 1981 shooting death of Faulkner. His death sentence was overturned last year, allowing for his transfer into the general prison population.