SOUTH KOREA: 61 PEOPLE CURRENTLY ON DEATH ROW
October 17, 2018:
South Korea currently has a total 61 people on death row, with 57 people in ordinary correctional facilities and 4 in military prisons, The Hankyoreh reported on 17 October. (Sources: Hankyoreh, 17/10/2018)
According to data that Democratic Party lawmaker Geum Tae-seop received from the Justice Ministry and made public on 15 October, the largest number of death-row convicts, or 16, are in the Seoul Detention Center, followed by Gwangju Prison (13), Daegu Prison (12), Daejeon Prison (12) and the Busan Detention Center (4).
The majority of the death-row convicts detained at regular prisons were sentenced to death for murder. Of the 57, 49 were charged with murder (parricide or murder during a robbery). Of the remaining eight, three were convicted of sexual violence, such as rape and murder; two for arson, including arson causing death; and three for the kidnapping and murder of minors according to the Act on the Aggravated Punishment of Specific Crimes.