Current Status of North Carolina’s Death Penalty
149 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. There is now pending litigation about racial bias and lethal injection, and executions are on hold indefinitely.