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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Castillo was sent to death row in 2005 for the slaying of Tommy Garcia Jr., an aspiring local rapper gunned down in a robbery that turned fatal. Keri Blakinger, San Antonio Express-News, "‘See y’all on the other side’: San Antonio lovers’ lane killer executed amid claims of innocence," 18 May 2018 In a tiny visitors cell at San Quentin State Prison, Kevin Cooper makes a pitch for his innocence — an argument that, after three decades on death row and endless legal battles, suddenly has new life., "'They framed me': On death row for decades, Kevin Cooper pushes for new DNA tests in Chino Hills murders," 8 July 2018 He was sentenced to death in 2004, one of 13 cult members who ended up on death row and the first to be executed. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "Former leader of Japanese doomsday cult hanged over 1995 sarin gas attack," 5 July 2018 Hamilton County has sent 24 people to death row and 10 to death, more than any other county in Ohio, since capital punishment returned in Ohio in 1981. Marilyn Icsman,, "Juror's letter to Kasich prompts second clemency hearing for Cincinnati killer on death row," 14 June 2018 More than 740 inmates are currently on the state's death row, according to the California Department of Corrections. Dennis Romero /, NBC News, "Man sentenced to death in torture, murder of boy he thought was gay," 8 June 2018 The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals rejected an appeal Wednesday from a 37-year-old Rio Grande Valley man on death row for stabbing and beheading his common-law wife's three children 15 years ago. Michael Graczyk, Fox News, "Texas man on death row for decapitating 3 kids loses appeal," 23 May 2018 Soon after Kokoraleis’ execution, then-governor George Ryan, a Republican, declared a moratorium on executions in the spate of wrongful convictions that had put a dozen men on Illinois' death row. USA TODAY, "Illinois governor wants to reinstate death penalty for cop killers, mass murderers," 14 May 2018 Last February, a similar issue forced the state to grant a stay in the case of Tilon Carter, a Tarrant County death row prisoner. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Prosecutors ask to push back death date for Texas 7 escapee, citing clerical error," 27 June 2018

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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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