World Day Against the Death Penalty – WOMEN on Death Row – Part 2: Tiffany Cole, Florida (USA)
WOMEN sentenced to death:
An invisible reality
On October 10, 2021, the 19th World Day Against the Death Penalty is dedicated to women ,
… who are at risk of being sentenced to death ,
… who have received a death sentence ,
… who have been executed, and
… those whose death sentence has been commuted or overturned for innocence.
Tiffany Cole is 39 years young and has been on death row in the state of Florida for 13 years. She is one of three women there awaiting execution. She was sentenced to death in March 2008. At the time, Tiffany was one of the youngest women ever sentenced to death at the age of 26.
Like many offenders, Tiffany had a difficult childhood. Sexually abused by her father as a child, she looked for love in all the wrong places and found it with a criminal, committing a robbery with him and two other men that began with a kidnapping and ended in a double murder. Her story has been filmed to media acclaim for some documentary series, where the focus is more on the gruesome depiction of the crime and not the people behind it.
In a 2015 interview for ABC News, you get a little insight into Tiffany’s soul. She reflects on her life and says, “I am not the same person anymore. I have peace, I have joy. I have a sound mind.” (“I am not the same person anymore. I have peace, I have joy. I have a sound mind.”) Self-help books and religion have changed everything for her. She believes in forgiveness and hope.
She may also have this hope regarding her sentence, as in 2008 the jury did not unanimously vote for the death penalty. In 2017, the Florida Supreme Court ordered a new sentencing hearing for Tiffany. This is still pending.
When we asked if she would like to contribute to our Women on Death Row project for this year’s World Day Against the Death Penalty on October 10, 2021, Tiffany sent us a charcoal drawing she had made and had this to say: “Nothing is impossible with God! And His love can permanently change you from the inside out.”
Her creation is titled “Prayer & the Power of it”. With this drawing she wants to show how powerful prayers are and how much they can change us. The power of prayers and the love of God have driven out the hatred in her.
Several women in U.S. death row are seeking pen pals through our website – such as in Arizona (Sammantha U.), California (Tanya N. and Cherie R.), Mississippi (Lisa C.) and North Carolina (Carlette P.).
German Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty