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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

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Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Fact Sheet

Monthly Fact Sheet

August 2003

Did you know....

That five inmates were executed in Florida last fiscal year, compared to none the previous year?

On June 30, 2003, there were 367 inmates on Florida's death row. During Fiscal Year 2002-03, which ran from July 1, 2002 to June 30, 2003, there were nine inmates added to death row and nine inmates removed from death row for various reasons, including their sentences being overturned and natural death while awaiting execution.

Chart:  From 1998-99 to 2002-03 -- Additions dropped (from 30 to 9); Removals dropped (from 20 to 9) Executions increased (from 0 to 5)

On June 30, 2003, there were 366 males and one female on death row: 128 black, 230 white and nine "other" races. Five inmates were executed this fiscal year, up considerably from the previous year when there were no executions. The average number of years between offense and execution is 13.2. The race of inmates who have been executed in Florida since Florida resumed the death penalty in 1979 with the execution of John Spenkelink is 60.7% white, 33.9% black and 5.4% other. Death row inmates can be distinguished from other inmates in a prison setting by their orange t-shirts.

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