Currently, there are more than 200,000 women in the United States living behind bars, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The majority of these female inmates are in prison for committing non-violent crimes. However, for the two percent of women who get sentenced to die on death row, their crimes certainly fit their punishment.
As of October 1, 2014, there were 57 women sentenced to death.
One of the most infamous inmates just so happens to be the youngest woman on death row.
Emilia Carr, 30, was convicted of capital murder and given the death penalty on February 22, 2011, for kidnapping and murdering her lover’s estranged wife in Marion County, Florida, on February 15, 2009. At the time, Carr was 26-years-old and eight months pregnant.
Strong’s remains were later found in a shallow grave on March 19.
The mother of four suffocated her Joshua Fulgham’s wife, Heather Strong, with duct tape and a plastic bag, though she claims she left the scene of the crime before she stopped breathing.
Carr has been on death row for four years, and is presently appealing for a stay of execution. Legal experts estimate that the average appeals process can take 10 to 12 years for death row inmates.
“We call it ‘life row,’” Carr said. “It’s life row … because we’re not dying, we’re living.”
She refuses to believe that the state will actually put her death.