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Rick Scott, Governor
Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Death Row

Most (61.2%) Inmates on
Death Row are White

  • Death row inmates can be distinguished from other inmates by their orange t-shirts.

  • The state of Florida was given the authority to execute inmates by the 1923 Legislature.

  • The U.S. Supreme Court declared capital punishment unconstitutional in 1972 in Furman vs. Georgia. In 1976, the Furman decision was overturned, upholding the constitutionality of the death penalty, which was resumed in Florida in 1979 with the execution of John Spenkelink.

  • Male inmates under sentence of death are housed at Union CI or Florida State Prison. Female death row inmates reside at Broward CI in Pembroke Pines.

  • Average number of years served before execution: 11.3

  • Average number of years between offense and execution: 12.7

  • Average age at execution: 42.8

  • Average age at offense: 30.1

Race of 51 Inmates Executed Since Death Penalty Reinstated
White (32), Black (17), Other (2)


Gender and Race of Death Row Inmates as of June 30 of Each Year
  1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
GENDER
Males
312
318
335
336
346
361
375
363
373
365
368
Females
3
5
6
6
6
6
6
4
4
3
3
RACE
Black
113
115
121
126
131
139
138
128
134
130
133
White
186
192
204
202
206
210
223
221
229
227
227
Other
16
16
16
14
15
18
20
18
14
11
11
RACE/GENDER
White Males
184
189
200
198
202
206
219
219
227
225
225
Black Males
112
113
119
124
129
137
136
127
133
130
133
Other Males
16
16
16
14
15
18
20
17
13
10
10
White Females
2
3
4
4
4
4
4
2
2
2
2
Black Females
1
2
2
2
2
2
2
1
1
0
0
Other Females
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
1
1
TOTAL
315
323
341
342
352
367
381
367
377
368
371


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