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 April 1, 2020, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund reports that there were 53 women on death rows across the United States.

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

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