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  • Finally, a D.A. speaks death penalty truth

    Johnson Britt (standing) with Leon Brown, on the day Brown and Henry McCollum were exonerated.

    We should not underestimate the bravery it took for Johnson Britt to not just stand up for justice for Henry McCollum and his brother, Leon Brown, but to also speak the truth about the death penalty: that it serves no good purpose in our criminal justice system.

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  • For victims, 30 years of grief and dead ends

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    As we celebrated a happy ending, the family of Sabrina Buie was beginning a new chapter of grief. Our broken criminal justice system has never allowed this family to heal. Instead of justice, they got a corrupt investigation and decades of painful court hearings that ended in nothing.

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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.


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