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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

Lethal Injection Becomes
Option in FY 1999-00

  • On June 30, 2000, there were 368 inmates on Florida’s death row.
  • It costs approximately $72.39 per day to incarcerate a death row inmate.
  • Florida administers execution by electric chair or lethal injection.
  • Lethal injection became an option for death row inmates in FY1999-00.
  • The first inmate to die by lethal injection was Terry Sims on February 23, 2000.
  • While tobacco was banned inside Florida prisons on January 1, 2000, death row inmates were exempted from this rule since they have no access to designated smoking areas.
  • The executioner is an anonymous, private citizen who is paid $150 cash per execution.
  • Five death row inmates were executed in FY 1999-00.
  • A death row cell is 6 X 9 X 9.5 feet high.

Death Row Population at the end of each Fiscal Year (July 1 - June 30)

Chart: Rose from 315 in 1990-91 to 368 in 1999-00


Additions and Removals from Death Row
FY 1990-91 to FY 1999-00

Chart: ADditions fell from 33 to 20.  Removals fell from 33 to 24, Executions fell from 5 to 0 in 94-95 then back to 5 in 99-00

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