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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Death Row

During FY 2011-12 , Four Inmates Executed

  • On June 30, 2012, there were 402 inmates (398 males & four females) on Florida's death row.
  • Four inmates were executed in FY 2011-12 .
  • 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.
  • Florida administers execution by electric chair or lethal injection at the execution chamber located at Florida State Prison. Lethal injection became an option for death row inmates in 1999.
  • The first inmate to die by lethal injection was Terry Sims, on February 23, 2000.
Death Row Population on June 30 Compared Over Five Years
2008=391, 2009=391, 2010=394, 2011=399, 2012=402,