How many people await federal execution in the United States?

There are 44 prisoners on federal death row in the United States – and many more on state death row.

Here we look at how many people have been executed in the past year.


There are currently 44 prisoners on federal death row in the United States.Credit: Getty Images – Getty

How many people are on federal death row in the United States?

Capital punishment is a legal punishment under the United States federal government’s criminal justice system.

As of April 6, 2022, there are 44 prisoners on federal death row in the United States according to Death Penalty Information.

This number includes two people whose death sentences are being overturned and re-sentenced.

Federal death sentences are handed down when a person has been convicted of a federal crime by a federal court.

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The final decision rests with the United States Attorney General, while state death row inmates are decided by local prosecutors after a unanimous jury verdict,

As of April 2022, approximately 2,450 men and women were on state or federal death row across the United States.

Who is on death row?

According to official data, 19 of federal death row inmates are white, 17 are black, seven are Latino and one is Asian.

Here are the names of the prisoners currently on death row:

  • Shannon Agofsky
  • Jerome Billie Allen
  • Marcivicci Barnette
  • Kenneth Barrette
  • Brandon Basham
  • Antoine Battle
  • Jason Brown
  • Carlos Caro
  • Wesley Coonce
  • Odell Corley
  • Brandon Council
  • Christophe Cramer
  • Len Davis
  • Joseph Ebron
  • Ricky Fackrel
  • Edward Fields
  • Chadrick Fulks
  • marvin gabrion
  • Edgar Garcia
  • Thomas Hager
  • Charles Room
  • Norris Holder
  • Richard Allen Jackson
  • Jurijus Kadamovas
  • Daryl Lawrence
  • Kenneth Lighty
  • Luri Mikhel
  • Ronald Mikos
  • Jeffrey Paul
  • James Roanne
  • Jules Robinson
  • Alphonse Rodriguez
  • Dylan roof
  • David Runion
  • Ricardo Sanchez
  • Thomas Sander
  • Wild Kaboni
  • Marc Snarr
  • Rejon Taylor
  • Richard Tipton
  • Jorge Torrez
  • Daniel Troya
  • Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
  • Alejandro Umana

What is the longest time someone has been on death row?

Gary Alvord was the nation’s longest-serving death row inmate.

He was sentenced to death on April 9, 1974 and spent 40 years behind bars before dying of natural causes in 2013.

Alvord was 66 when he died.

He was convicted of the murder of Georgia Tully, 53; Ann Herrman, 36, and Lynne Herrman, 18, in Hillsborough County, Florida, after breaking into a residence and strangling the women with a nylon rope.

Alvord raped Lynne before killing her. He suffered from schizophrenia and had no close family.

During Alvord’s time on death row, 75 other inmates were executed in Florida.

Bill Sheppard, who represented Alvord for almost four decades, said: “Gary is the product of a sick system. He was a living example of why we shouldn’t have the death penalty…. I would like the State of Florida to tell us how much money they wasted trying to kill a guy they couldn’t kill.

“The death penalty earns us nothing but bankruptcy.”

How many people were executed in 2021?

The death penalty is legal in 31 states.

Eleven people were executed in total in 2021.

These are:

  • Lisa Montgomery: January 13, 2021 Federal
  • Corey Johnson: January 14, 2021 in Federal
  • Dustin Higgs: January 16, 2021 Federal
  • Quintin Jones: May 19, 2021 in Texas
  • John Hummel: June 30, 2021 in Texas
  • Rick Rhoades: September 28, 2021 in Texas
  • Ernest Johnson: October 5, 2021 in Missouri
  • Willie B. Smith III: October 21, 2021 in Alabama
  • John Marion Grant: October 28, 2021 in Oklahoma
  • David Cox: November 17, 2021 in Mississippi
  • Bigler Stouffer: December 8, 2021 in Oklahoma

Three people were executed in 2022 in April 2022.

These are:

Do death row inmates choose a last meal?

In many US states, death row inmates create a menu for their final meal.

Food photographer Henry Hargreaves compiled a series of photographs of death row inmates’ last meals after becoming fascinated by the tradition in 2011.

” I dug [researching] he … and found a public folder [of the meals]. For the first time, these people have become human,” he told Business Insider.

His series No Seconds and A Year of Killing explore the last meals requested by inmates through staged photographs.

He said: “You don’t know if they’re served on porcelain or plastic plates, or if they eat on their lap or on a wooden table, so I tried to explore all those variations. “

Victor Feguer, who was fatally injected in 1963 for kidnapping and murder, requested a single olive with a pit for his last meal.

Notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy, convicted of rape and 33 counts of murder, ordered 12 fried shrimp, a bucket of KFC original recipe, fries and a pound of strawberries before being given a lethal injection.

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Timothy McVeigh, a domestic terrorist who carried out the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people, wanted two pints of mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Stephen Anderson, who died by lethal injection in 2002 for his crimes, specifically wanted two grilled cheese sandwiches, a pint of cottage cheese, Hominy/corn mix, peach pie, chocolate chip ice cream and radishes.

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