A&E Docuseries ‘Women on Death Row’ to Follow Inmates ‘Waiting to Die’

Women on Death Row (Credit: A&E)

A&E will air a haunting new documentary series titled Women on Death Row this summer.

The six-part series explores the stories of a rare group of criminals — women who have been convicted of murder and now face the death penalty, A&E said in a press release Monday.

In the United States, there are currently about 2,300 inmates awaiting execution, and that number includes just 50 women, according to data compiled by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Women on Death Row takes an unprecedented look into the lives of these female inmates.

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Each hour-long episode focuses on the crimes committed by the women, and the complicated legal cases that led to their sentencing.

Audiences will hear firsthand accounts from the convicts themselves, plus interviews with family members of their victims, the attorneys involved in the cases and law enforcement.

The first episode follows the case of Shawna Forde, an anti-immigrant militia leader who was sentenced to death after ordering the killing of a Latino family with young children.

In an extended preview of the episode, law enforcement officials described her crime as “horrific” and “one of the worst” they had seen.

Forde, for her part, said she’s “on the 11th hour.”

“There’s not a release date. There’s not a reform,” she said. “You’re here to die.”

Women on Death Row premieres Friday, Aug. 4 at 9pm ET/PT.

The trailer for the series is below: