Current Status of North Carolina’s Death Penalty
More than 150 people are housed on North Carolina’s death row. However, no one has been executed since 2006, when concerns about the state’s lethal injection procedure led to an effective moratorium. Since then, three innocent men have been released from death row, the State Bureau of Investigation admitted to falsifying and omitting evidence in dozens of trials, and a judge found evidence of statewide racial bias in the use of the death penalty. Despite these revelations, the state legislature recently passed legislation designed to restart executions and end pending claims of racial bias.