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Definition of death row

: a prison area housing inmates sentenced to death usually used with on prisoners waiting on death row

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As dozens of death row inmates were exonerated and public support for capital punishment ebbed, the number of death sentences carried out plunged by 74%, from 98 at the peak to 25 last year. Steve Chapman,, "Column: The expensive folly of federal executions," 31 July 2019 Attorney General William Barr on Thursday ordered the Bureau of Prisons to adopt an updated execution protocol, clearing the way for five death row inmates to be put to death. Dakin Andone, CNN, "These 5 inmates will be executed after AG William Barr told the federal government to reinstate the death penalty," 25 July 2019 In March, California Governor Gavin Newsom imposed a statewide moratorium on executions for the nation’s largest death row. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "We Are All Executioners Now," 25 July 2019 Kitzhaber argued that the death penalty isn’t handed down fairly: Some inmates on death row have committed similar crimes as those who are serving life sentences., "Calling Oregon death penalty ‘costly and immoral,’ governor signs bill limiting its use," 1 Aug. 2019 There are currently 65 federal prisoners on death row. Josiah Bates, Time, "Why the Justice Department's Plan to Use a Single Drug for Lethal Injections Is Controversial," 29 July 2019 At the direction of Attorney General William Barr, the federal Bureau of Prisons has scheduled the executions of five inmates being held on death row at USP Terre Haute, a high-security penitentiary in Indiana. CBS News, "Who are the five men scheduled to be executed under federal law?," 26 July 2019 Sowell raped and killed 11 women and is on death row for the crimes. Adam Ferrise,, "City pays $300,000 settlement to two surviving victims of Cleveland serial killer Anthony Sowell," 25 July 2019 Attorney General William Barr announced Thursday that the federal government will be resuming capital punishment after 16 years, with the Bureau of Prisons already scheduled to execute 5 people on death row, CNN reports. Kirsten West Savali, Essence, "Federal Government Resumes Capital Punishment, 5 Scheduled To Be Executed," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of death row

1894, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of death row

: the part of a prison where prisoners who will be killed as punishment for their crimes live until they are killed

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Legal Definition of death row

: a prison area housing inmates sentenced to death

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