History of the death penalty in Tennessee

History of the death penalty in Tennessee


6 News Reporter 

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- Currently, there are 87 men and two women inmates on death row in Tennessee. Six of them are from Knox County.

Inmates spend an average of 13 years waiting for their executions, which are primarily done by lethal injection.

The cost of housing a death row inmate is about $93 per day.

Inmates sentenced to death are mostly housed in a separate unit at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville.

For security reasons, some of these inmates can be housed at the Morgan County Correctional Complex in Wartburg.

The last execution in Tennessee was in February. Steven Henley was put to death by lethal injection for two counts of first degree murder.

A total of 130 people have been executed in Tennessee since the death penalty was instituted in 1916.

In 2007, Gov. Phil Bredesen issued an executive order directing the Tennessee Department of Correction to review lethal injection. All executions were put on hold until that moratorium was lifted three months later.      

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