Paul Brown has spent 16 years on N.C.’s death row. Recently, he has begun recording the stories of his life. Paul’s essays offer no simple conclusions. They are the record of a complicated and broken life. Yet, they speak poignantly to what it means to be human.
Even the death penalty’s biggest supporters are beginning to see its waste and inefficacy. Last week, as North Carolina neared a decade without an execution, Gaston County District Attorney Locke Bell said he would no longer pursue the ultimate punishment because it is too difficult to carry out and is a drain on court resources.
N.C. prosecutor who sent innocent men to death row was one of five of the deadliest prosecutors in the country, a new report says. As N.C. moves into a new era of reduced death penalty use, the legacy of these super-prosecutors is one of error, misconduct, and waste.
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed what North Carolina death row inmates have been saying since 2010: Race discrimination in jury selection is a serious problem, and states cannot continue to ignore it.
I. Beverly Lake says he has “seen too much” and now believes the death penalty is unconstitutional. It’s a striking turnaround for a judge who affirmed 185 N.C. death sentences.
The last legitimate seller of execution drugs will no longer provide them for the purpose of killing people. It’s time for state lawmakers to abandon their fantasies of restarting lethal injections in North Carolina.
Timothy Richardson is an adult who functions at the level of an 11 or 12 year old. Despite his clear intellectual disability, N.C. is still fighting for his execution.
The world will not be the same without Darryl. But we will not let his legacy die with his physical body. And when we finally see the end of the death penalty, he will be with us to celebrate.
Howard Dudley got a life sentence based on the outlandish story of a troubled 9-year-old. People in North Carolina are frequently prosecuted for the death penalty based on evidence just as flimsy.
Even the death penalty’s traditional supporters — law enforcement, prosecutors, and prison officials — are starting to change their minds about the need for the ultimate punishment. A new group of public safety officials has come together from across the nation to express serious concerns about the death penalty, and a former North Carolina police chief is one of its leaders.