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

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Death Row

Most (62.8%) 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: 11.7

  • Average number of years between offense and execution: 13.1

  • Average age at execution: 43.8

  • Average age at offense: 30.7
Race of 59 Inmates Executed
Since Death Penalty Reinstated
White = 61.0% (36); Black = 33.9% (20); Other = 5.1% (3)

Gender and Race of Death Row Inmates as of June 30 of Each Year
 
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
Gender
Males 346 361 375 363 373 365 368 369 366 365
Females 6 6 6 4 4 3 3 3 1 1
Race
Black 131 139 138 128 134 130 133 132 128 126
White 206 210 223 221 229 227 227 229 230 230
Other 15 18 20 18 14 11 11 11 9 10
Race/Gender
White Males 202 206 219 219 227 225 225 227 229 229
Black Males 129 137 136 127 133 130 133 132 128 126
Other Males 15 18 20 17 13 10 10 10 9 10
White Females 4 4 4 2 2 2 2 2 1 1
Black Females 2 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Other Females 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0
Total 352 367 381 367 377 368 371 372 367 366

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