In California at least - a death row inmate is more likely to die of suicide than be executed. Even then, suicide isn't first most likely way to die. That means, execution is the #3 cause of death for death row inmates in California. Of course, its not the State's fault that appeals take so long - and inmates could drop all their appeals to make the process faster. Its ironic that an inmate might be appealing their execution but then turn around and commit suicide. Of course, if the only thing you had to look forward to was being killed, who can blame them.
Suicide surpasses executions as cause of death on state's death row
Associated Press - June 12, 2007 3:14 PM ET
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California death row inmate Tony Lee Reynolds' suicide Sunday night at San Quentin State Prison marked a gruesome landmark that underscored just how jammed up the state's capital punishment system has become.
Suicides have now replaced executions as the second leading cause of death on California's death row.
Reynolds' death was the 14th suicide, one more than the number of condemned inmates executed in California since the state reinstated capital punishment in 1978.
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