Here are ten (10) things that you might not know about Florida’s Death Row (facts courtesy of the Florida Department of Corrections):
1. The Executioner gets paid $150.00 to kill someone in a State of Florida execution.
2. There are three Death Rows in Florida. Women* facing capital punishment live in Lowell, Florida, at the Lowell Correctional Institution Annex and men sentenced to death live in one of two places: either Starke, Florida, at the Florida State Prison or in Raiford, Florida, at the Union Correctional Institution.
*Currently, there are four women on Florida’s Death Row. Here is a list with photos. Notice that Joshua Fulgham’s co-defendant, Emilia Carr, is one of these four women. (Terry Lenamon defended Joshua Fulgham, who received a life sentence, for more read our posts on the case.)
3. Florida Death Row inmates do not get to use a fork or spoon. They get plastic sporks. They are served three meals a day on trays, with sporks, at 5 am, 11 am, and 4 pm. That’s right: no spoons and no food after 4 pm. A cruel twist to the Early Bird Special, isn’t it?
4. A Death Row Cell in Florida is 9.5 feet high. It’s 6 feet long. It’s 9 feet wide.
5. Death Row Inmates are not allowed to smoke cigarettes.
6. Death Row inmates can have a 13 inch TV in their cells. No cable, though. No DISH TV.
7. Florida Death Row has no air conditioning.
8. Death Row inmates are checked for a count every hour, 24/7.
9. Death Row inmates in Florida get a shower, every other day.
10. The only time that a Death Row inmate isn’t in his or her cell is (1) for showers; (2) visits with lawyers, media interviews, visits for social reasons (family, friends); and (3) exercise time. Also, if they need medical attention they are moved from their cells. Otherwise, they spend all their time in their cell.