death row


Definition of death row

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

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Recent Examples on the Web David Reed had been on the state’s death row since 2011, according to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: July 8-9," 12 July 2020 There are 722 people on California’s death row, the corrections department said. NBC News, "Two California death row inmates die from coronavirus complications," 4 July 2020 Erskine and Alvarez are the third and fourth death row prisoners in the past 10 days to die. Greg Moran, Los Angeles Times, "Death row inmate Scott Erskine, who murdered two boys in San Diego, dies of COVID-19," 4 July 2020 Cells in the former death row unit, Scott said, are not outfitted with electrical outlets and the unit as a whole doesn’t have air conditioning. Fox News, "Coronavirus cases surge in Ohio, highlighting troubling conditions in state's prisons," 3 July 2020 According to the Death Penalty Information Center, there are 62 federal prisoners currently awaiting execution on death row. Jordan Freiman, CBS News, "7th Circuit court overturns stay of execution for Daniel Lewis Lee, paving the way for first federal execution in 17 years," 12 July 2020 The Arizona Supreme Court vacated Hulsey's death sentence in 2018 following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling concerning another Arizona man on death row. Lauren Castle, The Arizona Republic, "Man convicted of killing Glendale police officer no longer faces death penalty," 10 July 2020 Those ineligible for the credit include those on death row, inmates serving life without the possibility of parole, and those who have committed a major rule violation. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "California to release 8,000 prisoners early due to COVID-19," 10 July 2020 Sacramento: Two more death row inmates died Friday from apparent complications of the coronavirus in the midst of an outbreak that has infected about 40% of inmates at San Quentin State Prison, corrections officials said. USA TODAY, "Nail salons, strip club outbreak, Harvard from afar: News from around our 50 states," 8 July 2020

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First Known Use of death row

1894, in the meaning defined above

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29 Jul 2020

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“Death row.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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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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