Nov. 28, 2011
There are over 3,500 inmates on death row in the United States, spread out over the 34 states that still use the death penalty. Less than 1 percent of death row inmates are women and all 61 of them have been convicted of murder.
Since 2000, 11 states have executed 28 women. The last female executed was, Teresa Lewis, in Virginia on September 23, 2010. Lewis’s execution was controversial because her IQ score was 72 and 70 and below would have excluded her from being given the death sentence. Lewis along with two accomplices, Matthew Shallenberger and Rodney Fuller, killed her husband and stepson for insurance money. Shallenberger and Fuller were sentenced to life without parole by the same judge who sentenced Lewis to death calling her the mastermind of the murder.
Fourteen of the women on death row are there for murdering their own children. Here’s a look at the crimes they committed.