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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

Four Inmates Were
Executed in FY 2007-2008

  • On June 30, 2008, there were 391 inmates on Florida’s death row.

  • Florida administers execution by electric chair or lethal injection. Lethal injection became an option for death row inmates in FY 1999-00.

  • The first inmate to die by lethal injection was Terry Sims on February 23, 2000.

  • While tobacco was banned inside Florida prisons on January 1, 2000, death row inmates were exempted from this rule since they have no access to designated smoking areas.

  • The executioner is an anonymous, private citizen who is paid $150 cash per execution.

  • A death row cell is 6 X 9 X 9.5 feet high.

  • No death row inmates were executed in FY 2007-2008.

Death Row Population on June 30 Compared Over Five Years

2004=366, 2005=369, 2006=377, 2007=380, 2008=391

Executions, Additions, and Removals
from Death Row
Compared Over Five Years

FY 03/04=+10,-8, executed 3; 04/05=+13, -9, executed 1; 05/06=+19, -11, executed 0; 06/07=13, -6, executed 4; 07/08=22, -11, executed 0

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