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Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Death Row

During FY 2013-14, there were 10 Inmates Executed

  • On June 30, 2014, there were 396 inmates (391 males & five females) on Florida's death row.
  • 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 in Raiford, FL or at Florida State Prison in Starke, FL. Female death row inmates are housed at Lowell Annex in Lowell, FL.
  • Florida administers execution by electric chair or lethal injections 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
2010=394, 2011=399, 2012=402, 2013=405, 2014=396
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