Death row inmates are escorted in handcuffs and wear them everywhere except in
their cells, the exercise yard and the shower.
They are in their cells at all times except for medical reasons, exercise,
social or legal visits or media interviews. When a death warrant is signed, the
inmate is put under ‘death watch’ status and is allowed a legal and social
Florida State Prison has death watch cells to incarcerate inmates awaiting
execution after the Governor signs a death warrant for them.
A Death Watch cell is 12-feet by 7-feet by 8.5-feet high. Usual death row cells
are 6-feet by 9-feet by 9.5-feet high
Before execution, an inmate may request a last meal. To avoid extravagance, the
food to prepare the last meal must cost no more than $40 and must be purchased
The executioner at Florida State Prison is a private citizen who is paid $150
per execution. State law allows for his or her identity to remain anonymous.
[source: Florida Department of Corrections]
(source: TC Palm)