After spending 36 years in solitary confinement at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, two of the three men known as the "Angola 3" have been moved into a dormitory with other inmates, an Angola spokeswoman said.
Albert Woodfox and Herman Wallace were convicted of killing a prison guard. Their attorneys argue the men did not commit the crime.
The third man, Robert King Wilkerson, was placed in isolation for allegedly killing a fellow inmate. He was exonerated in 2001 and released from Angola after 29 years in solitary confinement.
Woodfox and Wallace have sued the state saying they have been victims of cruel and unusual punishment. Their lawsuit is still pending in federal court.
In isolation, each man spent 23 hours each day alone in a cell. During the remaining hour, they were allowed to shower and exercise.