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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Death Row

Most (60.9%) Inmates Executed 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: 12.1.

  • Average number of years between offense and execution: 13.7.

  • Average age at execution: 41.3.

  • Average age at offense: 27.6.
Race of Inmates Executed
Since Death Penalty Reinstated
White = 60.9% (39); Black = 32.8% (21); Other = 6.3% (4)

Race and Gender of Death Row Inmates on June 30
Compared Over Five Years
  2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Gender
Males 366 365 368 376 379
Females 1 1 1 1 1
Race
Black 128 126 127 132 132
White 230 230 231 234 237
Other 9 10 11 11 11
Race/Gender
White Males 229 229 230 233 236
Black Males 128 126 127 132 132
Other Males 9 10 11 11 11
White Females 1 1 1 1 1
Black Females 0 0 0 0 0
Other Females 0 0 0 0 0
Total 367 366 369 377 380