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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Death Row

Most (61.9%) 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 Correctional Institution or Florida State Prison. Female death row inmates reside at Lowell Annex.

  • Average number of years served before execution: 12.7

  • Average number of years between offense and execution: 14.3

  • Average age at execution: 43.0

  • Average age at offense for those executed: 28.7
Race of Inmates Executed
Since Death Penalty Reinstated
White = 62% (43); Black = 32% (22); Other = 6% (4)

Race and Gender of Death Row Inmates on June 30
Compared Over Five Years
  2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Gender
Males 376 379 389 390 393
Females 1 1 2 1 1
Race
Black 132 132 137 139 138
White  234 237 241 240 244
Other 11 11 13 12 12
Race/Gender
White Males 233 236 239 239 243
Black Males 132 132 137 139 138
Other Males 11 11 13 12 12
White Females 1 1 2 1 1
Black Females 0 0 0 0 0
Other Females 0 0 0 0 0
Total 377 380 391 391 394