There are approximately 2,900 prisoners currently experiencing life on death row. The death penalty is a legal option in 31 states, and it's also utilized in some cases by the U.S. military and government. People on death row are most likely to face lethal injection as their execution method, but there are plenty of ways to die on death row.
For example, death row prisoners in Mississippi, Utah, and Oklahoma could face death by firing squad. New Hampshire, Delaware, and Washington inmates have the possibility of death by hanging. However, William Bailey's decision to ask the state of Delaware to hang him in 1996 was the most recent usage of this option. Other potential execution methods include electrocution and the gas chamber.
Regardless of the execution method, a death sentence is the harshest legal penalty that anyone in the U.S. can face. Movies and TV shows have attempted to show audiences what life on death row is like, but the harsh reality is way worse than most fictionalized accounts.
Death Row Inmates Face A Really Long Wait To Die
Prisoners Often Get Only One Hour Out Of Their Cell Per Day
Inmates Have To Fear Murder While On Death Row
Death Row Syndrome Can Be Psychologically Debilitating