death row

noun

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 state Department of Corrections says there were 30 people on death row as of Jan. 1, 2019. oregonlive.com, "Lawmakers vote to substantially limit Oregon’s death penalty," 29 June 2019 Mikos, 70, who lost his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court nearly a decade ago, is still on death row in the maximum-security prison in Terre Haute, Ind., while fighting a legal battle for a new trial on other grounds, court records show. Megan Crepeau, chicagotribune.com, "Ex-girlfriend's recordings critical as trial to begin in earnest into disappearance of Chinese scholar at U. of I.," 11 June 2019 And in 1999, Evans, then on death row for killing a 10-year-old girl, was fatally stabbed by a fellow inmate. Libby Solomon, baltimoresun.com, "Towson University forensic science students search Kentucky park for missing person from 1980," 7 June 2019 There are currently 62 inmates on federal death row in the U.S., according to the Death Penalty Information Center. Washington Post, "Judge vacates federal death sentence in 1994 Texas case," 20 June 2019 Unborn aren’t shielded by death penalty moratorium The majority of Californians surveyed approve of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s moratorium on the execution of death row inmates. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Unborn aren’t shielded by death penalty moratorium," 19 June 2019 Loyd faces the death penalty and Lenamon specializes in helping murder defendants avoid death row. Gray Rohrer, orlandosentinel.com, "Shortfall leaves attorneys, court reporters in lurch as DeSantis ponders budget," 13 June 2019 George Ryan cleared the state’s death row by commuting the sentences of inmates condemned to die to life in prison. Megan Crepeau, chicagotribune.com, "Ex-girlfriend's recordings critical as trial to begin in earnest into disappearance of Chinese scholar at U. of I.," 11 June 2019 Washington currently has eight prisoners on death row, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, among the lowest of the 31 states that allow capital punishment. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "Washington’s Highest Court Strikes Down State’s Death Penalty," 11 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of death row

1894, in the meaning defined above

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death row

noun

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

death row

noun

Legal Definition of death row

: a prison area housing inmates sentenced to death

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