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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 (62.1%) 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 Lowell Annex.

  • Average number of years served before execution: 11.6.

  • Average number of years between offense and execution: 12.9.

  • Average age at execution: 43.8.

  • Average age at offense: 30.9.
Race of Inmates Executed
Since Death Penalty Reinstated
White = 61.7% (37); Black = 33.3% (20); Other = 5.0% (3)

Race and Gender of Death Row Inmates
on June 30, 2002 - 2006
  2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
Gender
Males 369 366 365 368 376
Females 3 1 1 1 1
Race
Black 132 128 126 127 132
White 229 230 230 231 234
Other 11 9 10 11 11
Race/Gender
White Males 227 229 229 230 233
Black Males 132 128 126 127 132
Other Males 10 9 10 11 11
White Females 2 1 1 1 1
Black Females 0 0 0 0 0
Other Females 1 0 0 0 0
Total 372 367 366 369 377