death row


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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The high court has said these factors, named after a former death row inmate named Jose Briseno, have no grounding in prevailing medical practice and invite lay stereotypes to guide assessment of such disability. Juan A. Lozano, The Seattle Times, "Supreme Court rules out death penalty for Texas inmate," 19 Feb. 2019 The resentencing of death row inmate Lazale Ashby was delayed Monday so that the daughter of his victim could be given the opportunity to attend the court hearing. David Owens,, "Resentencing Delayed For Death Row Inmate Lazale Ashby Of Hartford," 30 Apr. 2018 According to modern lethal injection protocol, midazolam (a sedative) is the first of three drugs given to death row inmates. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Tennessee death row inmates ask for electrocution over lethal injection. It’s a form of protest.," 3 Dec. 2018 This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows death row inmate, Troy Clark. Fox News, "Texas executes man in the torture, drowning of ex-roommate," 28 Sep. 2018 His older brother, Roger, was convicted of killing a man to steal his car and spent 13 years on Oklahoma’s death row until his execution in 2000 at age 39. Dave Kolpack, The Seattle Times, "South Dakota to execute inmate on Monday for guard’s slaying," 26 Oct. 2018 In 2002, Cooper became the first death row inmate to win approval for additional DNA testing. Laura J. Nelson,, "Brown will consider new DNA testing in Chino Hills murder case," 5 July 2018 The court filing did not seek to delay the execution, but ACLU lawyer Amy Rose said the public deserves to know how the state plans to kill a death row inmate. Ken Ritter, The Seattle Times, "Nevada switches drug to be used in 1st execution since 2006," 3 July 2018 But the Florida Supreme Court has determined that a June 24, 2002 U.S. Supreme Court decision should be used as a cutoff to determine which death row inmates may be entitled to hearings. Marc Freeman,, "Man who beat Boca mom to death in 1984 denied new hearing over death penalty," 26 June 2018

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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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