Death Row


Women are rarely sentenced to death in the United States and executions of women are even rarer. Researchers have suggested that women who are sentenced to death are often perceived as breaking gender norms.

Current Female Death Row Prisoners

As of October 1, 2018, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund reports that there were 55 women on death rows across the United States.

Name County Sex Race State
Scott, Christie Michelle Franklin F W AL
Blackmon, Patricia Houston F B AL
Gobble, Tierra Capri Houston F W AL
Keaton, Heather Mobile F B AL
Graham, Lisa Russell F W AL
Andriano, Wendi Maricopa F W AZ
Forde, Shawna Pima F W AZ
Allen, SammanthaMaricopaFWAZ
Michaud, Michelle Alameda F W CA
Martin, Valerie Los Angeles F W CA
McDermott, Maureen Los Angeles F W CA
Nieves, Sandi Los Angeles F W CA
Rodriguez, Angelina Los Angeles F L CA
Samuels, Mary Los Angeles F W CA
Thompson, Catherine Los Angeles F B CA
Williams, Manling Los Angeles F A CA
Alfaro, Maria Orange F L CA
Nelson, Tanya Orange F A CA
Buenrostro, Dora Riverside F L CA
Magana, Belinda Riverside F L CA
Rottiers, Brooke Riverside F W CA
Sarinana, Cathy Riverside F W CA
Snyder, Janeen Riverside F W CA
Coffman, Cynthia San Bernardino F W CA
Dalton, Kerry San Diego F W CA
Eubanks, Susan San Diego F W CA
Gonzales, Veronica San Diego F L CA
Carrington, Celeste San Mateo F B CA
Caro, Socorro Ventura F L CA
Hunter, Lorraine AlisonRiversideFBCA
Allen, Margaret Brevard F B FL
Cole, Tiffany Duval F W FL
Brown, Tina Escambia F B FL
Row, Robin Ada F W ID
Brown, Debra Maroc F B IN
Caudill, Virginia Fayette F W KY
Frank, Antoinette Orleans F B LA
Chamberlin, Lisa Forrest F W MS
Moore, Blanche T. Forsyth F W NC
Parker, Carlette Wake F B NC
Walters, ChristinaCumberlandFNANC
Roberts, Donna ^ Trumbull F W OH
Andrew, Brenda Oklahoma F W OK
Mcanulty, Angela Lane F W OR
Walter, Shonda Clinton F B PA
Tharp, Michelle Sue Washington F W PA
Pike, Christa Knox F W TN
Lucio, Melissa Cameron F L TX
Routier, Darlie Dallas F W TX
Carty, Linda Harris F B TX
Sheppard, Erica Harris F B TX
Holberg, Brittany Randall F W TX
Cargill, Kimberly Smith F W TX
Montgomery, LisaFWFederal Death Row

To see Professor Streib’s summaries of the cases of the women who were on death row as of December 2012, click here.

News & Developments

Mar 27, 2017

New Podcast: Women and the Death Penalty, With Expert Guest Mary Atwell

We live in a gen­dered soci­ety,” says Dr. Mary Atwell (pic­tured), one of the nation’s fore­most experts on women and cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment, and the men and women who go to death row are dif­fer­ent. In the lat­est pod­cast episode of Discussions with DPI