Florida Leads Nation in Number Sentenced to Death
Florida Death Penalty Statistics
While Florida does not lead the nation in the number of executions performed--Texas has that honor--it does lead the nation in the number of people sentenced to death. Many were sentenced under laws that have now been declared unconstitutional because, at the time, laws only required either a majority of jurors--or later, ten out of twelve--to vote for death. These laws were struck down by the federal court system. Now, all twelve jurors must vote for death in order for an inmate to receive a death sentence.