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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 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 Correctional Institution or Florida State Prison. Female death row inmates reside at Lowell Annex.

  • Average number of years served before execution: 12.3

  • Average number of years between offense and execution: 13.8

  • Average age at execution: 44.3

  • Average age at offense: 30.5
Race of Inmates Executed
Since Death Penalty Reinstated
White = 61.2% (41); Black = 32.8% (22); Other = 6.0% (4)

Race and Gender of Death Row Inmates on June 30
Compared Over Five Years
  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Gender
Males 368 376 379 389 390
Females 1 1 1 2 1
Race
Black 127 132 132 137 139
White  231 234 237 241 240
Other 11 11 11 13 12
Race/Gender
White Males 230 233 236 239 239
Black Males 127 132 132 137 139
Other Males 11 11 11 13 12
White Females 1 1 1 2 1
Black Females 0 0 0 0 0
Other Females 0 0 0 0 0
Total 369 377 380 391 391