If the state executes Jerry Correll, Gov. Rick Scott will have executed the most inmates of any Florida governor since the death penalty was reinstituted in this state in 1976. A quick profile from the Florida Department of Corrections website shows that currently, about 38 percent of all the people on death row are black, but black people only make up about 17 percent of the state's population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Florida Department of Corrections records show that after the death penalty was reinstituted, about 32 percent of prisoners killed have been black and before 1976, a whopping 67 percent of all the people executed in Florida were black. The highest number of executions seen under any Florida governor happened under Gov. Spessard Holland in the 1940s, with 35 inmates executed during his tenure. Still, Florida doesn't compare to the likes of Texas, where Gov. Rick Perry has overseen 279 executions while in office – the most of any governor in America.
In first place, we have Rick Scott (2011-present), with 21 executions under his belt so far. Scott also signed a bill in 2013 that would accelerate the death penalty process in Florida.
Jeb Bush (1999-2007) comes in at a close second, with 21 people executed during his tenure. Bush executed 11 people in his first term and 10 in his second.
Lawton Chiles (1991-1998) executed 18 people during his tenure, eight in his first term and 10 in his second.
Bob Graham (1979-1987) executed 16 people during his terms in office.
Bob Martinez (1987-1991) executed nine people during his one term in office.
Charlie Crist (2007-2011) executed five people while in office.
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