Women on Death Row

Links, facts, and reports focused on women on death row.


As of April 1, 2021, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund reports that there were 51 women on death rows across the United States. (DPIC)

Of those 51 on US death row:

  • Black – 12
  • White – 30
  • Latina – 6
  • Asian – 2
  • Native American – 1

 April 1, 2021 – the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

An additional almost 2000 women are serving life without the possibility of parole. (Sentencing Project)

Women on California’s Death Row – “California outpaces all other states in the number of women on death row.” (Sentencing Project)

Ethnic breakdown of women on California’s Death Row:
  • Black – 3
  • White – 12
  • Mexican – 4
  • Latino – 1
  • Asian/Pacific Islander – 2

Information and petition on the case of Melissa Lucio, the first Latina sentenced to death in Texas. She has been on Texas death row for over a decade for the alleged 2008 murder of her two-year-old daughter, Mariah. In July, 2019, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a Texas court ruling and found Lucio’s right to a “complete defense” had been violated in her original trial. In February, 2021, a sharply divided court of appeals reversed the decision and her hopes for exoneration are now in the U.S. Supreme Court. 


Death Penalty Information Center

The Sentencing Project
In the Extreme: Women Serving Life Without Parole and Death Sentences in the United States

The Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide
Judged For More Than Her Crime: A Global Overview of Women Facing the Death Penalty

The Alice Project

CDCR Condemned Inmate Summary

Spring 2021 Edition of LDF’s Death Row USA