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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Death Row

Most (59%) 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 CI or Florida State Prison. Female death row inmates reside at Lowell CI.
  • Average number of years served before execution: 14.0
  • Average number of years between offense and execution: 15.7
  • Average age at execution: 46.1
  • Average age at offense for those executed: 30.3
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
  2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Gender
Males 390 393 396 398 400
Females 1 1 3 4 5
Race
Black 139 138 145 146 150
White  240 244 241 241 240
Other 12 12 13 15 15
Race/Gender
White Males 239 243 240 240 239
Black Males 139 138 144 145 148
Other Males 12 12 12 13 13
White Females 1 1 1 1 1
Black Females 0 0 1 1 2
Other Females 0 0 1 2 2
Total 391 394 399 402 405