This is inspired by discussions around the game Prison Architect. A lot of players find themselves frustrated with certain prisoners and wanting to have them transferred to death row.

Has this ever happened in real life - has a prisoner has committed murder while incarcerated and been sentenced to death for it?

Ideally I'm looking for recent (20th/21st century) examples in the US, though will take any example where some attempt at a rule of law was followed. I'm not counting people being imprisoned and suddenly dying, for example.


According to this list, there are at least nine people on death row in federal prisons for killing a fellow inmate. Since there are many more people in state prisons, I assume there are even more people on death row in state prisons. Unfortunately, the only lists I found that included state prisons were woefully incomplete (ie, the Wikipedia list of people on death row doesn't have the people on this list.)

  • And I would suspect that killing a guard would be even more likely to draw such a sentence (although the offense is likely somewhat less likely to succeed) Jul 19 at 17:22

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