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Why: When asked what his last meal would be before execution, Jason said:
I'm usually not hungry when I'm nervous or afraid.Not long ago, I read something about how people were actually requesting the death penalty because it generally promised better treatment and living conditions.
Answer: Death row inmates in the U.S. typically spend over a decade awaiting execution. Some prisoners have been on death row for well over 20 years. In 2005, "Roadside Strangler" Michael Ross was executed 18 years after being sentenced to death.
The More You Know: Some facts about U.S. death row from the Bureau of Justice Statistics:
- 55.8% of the death row population is White, 41.9% is Black, and 2.3% is of another race.
- 98.3% of death row inmates are male; 1.7% are female.
- The median education level of death row inmates is 11th grade.
- 54.8% of death row inmates have never married, 20.6% are divorced or separated, 21.7% are currently married and 3% are widowed.
- 8.4% of inmates had a prior homicide conviction.
- 65.5% had prior felony convictions.
- Among all inmates under sentence of death, half were age 20 to 29 at the time of arrest; 11% were age 19 or younger; and fewer than 1% were age 55 or older.
- The average age at time of arrest was 28 years.
- 7,115 people have been sentenced to death from 1977 until 2006.
- 1,195 people have been executed since 1976.
- Larry Bill Elliott was the last person executed by electric chair on Nov. 17, 2009, in Virginia.
- The gas chamber was last used in 1999; hanging in 1996; firing squad in 1996.