The Death Penalty In Florida

In 1979 Florida carried out its first execution following the reinstatement of the death penalty in the United States. Since then 96 people have been executed in Florida with nearly 30% (28 total) of those taking place during Rick Scott’s tenure as Governor of Florida.

Florida has the second highest death row population in the country, with more than 350 prisoners. More people have been exonerated from death row in Florida – 27 – than any other state.

The electric chair was used for executions in Florida until 2000. In 1999 Allen Davis’s execution was terribly botched. This followed two previously botched executions in which prisoners actually caught fire. Some Florida Supreme Court justices were so appalled by Allen’s execution that they included photos of his execution in their written decision as well as posting them on the Court’s website. Florida turned to lethal injection as a new way to kill prisoners, but the drug “cocktail” has changed several times over the years. Now Florida inmates who are sentenced to death can legally choose the electric chair or lethal injection as their means of execution.

Read about the faith community’s response to the death penalty.