Death Row by the Numbers

It’s interesting sometimes to just wade through the statistics surrounding Florida’s death row, as well as death rows across the nation. The data is always full of little surprises. Recently, The Guardian published an interactive infographic with a state-by-state breakdown of death rows across the U.S. It’s not fantastically pretty or anything, but it’s quite informational and interesting to explore. Check it out here.

According to the graphic, Florida has 398 people currently on death row, which makes it the 2nd largest death row in the nation behind California, which houses a staggering 721. Florida has executed 69 people since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, and 314 prior to 1976, for a total of 383. There’s also some interesting breakdowns of how many inmates per million people, etc. Take a few minutes to check it out.

Around the same time, CBS News published this article, which also looks at some of the numbers surrounding death rows and executions in the U.S. Here’s some of the data:

  • Currently 34 states have the death penalty, as well as the U.S. government and military
  • Texas is by far the state with the most executions annually and historically
  • Internationally, an estimated 139 countries have abolished the death penalty
  • China has the most annual executions, with estimates in the thousands, followed by Iran. The U.S. comes in 5th.
  • New Hampshire and Wyoming have 1 death row inmate each
  • As of April, 2010 there were 62 women on death row, constituting 1.9 percent of the total death row population
  • Only 12 women have been executed since 1976
  • Since 1976, 1093 inmates have been executed by lethal injection, 157 by electrocution, 11 by gas chamber, 3 by hanging and 3 by firing squad.



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