Death Row FAQ

Where is death row?

Colorado does not have a physical "death row". Inmates sentenced to the death penalty are placed in the Department's securist custody level, administrative segregation. Currently those sentenced to death are at the Sterling Correctional Facility.

Where is the execution room located?

By state statute, death-row inmates are executed at the Colorado State Penitentiary (CSP), in Cañon City, Colorado. Death row inmates remain in administrative segregation for their entire incarceration. 

Prior to "warrant week", the week established by the Judge that the execution must occur, the offender will be transported to CSP. During "warrant week," the inmate is relocated to a separate holding cell located in the execution suite.

What is the average cost of incarcerating inmates including death row inmates?

The average cost of incarcerating inmates at the Administrative Segregation Level is $102.28 per day.

Administrative Segregation is a operational tool to safely and humanely manage the most dangerous and high-risk offenders. Due to heightened security requirements and increased staffing needs, the associated costs are higher than a lower security facility.

What does a death row inmates's uniform look like?

Inmates under the sentence of death wear standard inmate clothing, which include prison-made green shirts and green pants.

How long is an inmate's death row tenure in general?

Due to mandatory appeals required by the U.S. Supreme Court, a death row inmate will generally serve a minimum of 10 years before execution.