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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Fact Sheet

Monthly Fact Sheet

February 2003

Did you know....

That the majority of inmates on Florida's Death Row are white males?

Movies and popular culture often perpetuate the stereotype that the majority of death row inmates are black, but in fact that is not true in Florida. As of January 13, 2003, there were 368 inmates on death row in Florida: 228 or 62% were white, 131 or 36% were black and 2% were other races.

Race of 51 Inmates Executed
Since Death Penalty Reinstated
Chart shows Race of 51 Inmates Executed Since Death Penalty Reinstated

All but one of the inmates on Florida's death row are male. The men are housed at Florida State Prison or Union Correctional Institution, and the women are housed at Broward Correctional Institution. It costs approximately $72.39 per day to care for and incarcerate a death row inmate in Florida. The executioner is a private citizen who is paid $150 per execution. State law allows for his or her identity to remain anonymous.

As this pie chart illustrates, the majority of inmates who have been executed since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976 were white. These numbers are through June 30, 2002.

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