death row


Definition of death row

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

Examples of death row in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Anthony Porter, a Chicago resident whose death row case was a major factor in abolishing the death penalty in Illinois, has died at 66. Mariah Rush,, 8 July 2021 The federal government in 2020 executed more people than all 50 states combined, according to a year-end report from the Death Penalty Institute, a non-partisan, death penalty information center that tracks death row inmates and executions. Alexander Mallin, ABC News, 1 July 2021 There are 119 people on Arizona's death row and the state has executed 37 people since 1976, when the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 2 June 2021 Immediately following the abolition of capital punishment, former death row prisoners were confined in intentionally harsh conditions under a compromise hatched in the Legislature by death penalty opponents. Edmund H. Mahony,, 12 Apr. 2021 The hiatus since 2003 was in part because the federal government’s protocol on how to kill death row prisoners was under litigation for much of the 2000s. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, 30 Dec. 2020 Ten federal death row prisoners have been killed so far this year, ending a 17-year federal moratorium on applying the death penalty. Austin Sarat, The Conversation, 18 Dec. 2020 At least eight former death row prisoners in Texas have since been resentenced to life in prison after their cases were reconsidered under the guidelines of a case known as Moore vs. Texas, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. Bruce Selcraig,, 4 Dec. 2020 State lawmakers have also mulled in recent years a bill to require death row prisoners to die by electric chair if lethal injection is not available. Fox News, 1 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of death row

1894, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of death row was in 1894

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18 Jul 2021

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“Death row.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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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

Other Words from death row

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