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death row

n. nick-name for that portion of a prison in which prisoners are housed who are under death sentences and are awaiting appeals and/or potential execution. (See: death penalty, capital punishment)

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The hopes of many lifers and death row inmates rest with Emily Maw, but she has found herself fighting against the powerful US lawmakers for the right to enter a courtroom.
But under a rule found in no other state, she cannot act as a lawyer in Louisiana - which has more than 4,000 people serving life without parole and almost 100 on death row - unless she becomes a citizen of the United States.
Early on, Dennis Williams, lingering on death row, blames his predicament on "power-tripping racists" Clearly, there was a rush to judgment, and it's doubtful that the death penalty would have been sought if the victims had been black.
The tapes consisted of Abu-Jamal's musings about prison conditions, with particular focus on the character of life on death row.
Whatever the reason for NPR's cancellation of the series, readers can get an idea of the quality and character of the pieces for themselves, since they are included in this collection of 40 vignettes about life on death row and how criminal justice matters seem to someone who has lived on the row for twelve years.
The largest death row stands in Texas (324 people: 120 African Americans, 144 whites, 52 Hispanics, four Native Americans, and four Asian Americans); the smallest are in Connecticut (two whites), New Mexico (one Native American, one white), and Wyoming (two whites).
I need but look across the nation, where, as of October 1986, blacks constituted some 40 percent of men on death row, or across Pennsylvania, where, as of August 1988, sixty-one of 113 men--over 50 percent--are black, to see the truth, a truth hidden under black robes and promises of equal rights.
Although murderers come from all classes, those on death row are almost without exception poor and were living in poverty at the time they were arrested.
Regardless of whether Lee ever reaches California's Death Row, it is a rare occurrence for prosecutors in Los Angeles County to even seek the death penalty against a woman.
If convicted and condemned, she would join eight other women on California's Death Row, including the three from the San Fernando Valley.
Her character, Cindy Liggett, has been on Death Row for 12 years awaiting execution by lethal injection.
Suicide and natural causes are the leading killers of Death Row inmates.