The N.C. Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is a non-partisan network of organizations and citizens across the state who work cooperatively to reform North Carolina’s capital punishment system. Our members include attorneys, politicians, faith communities and nonprofit organizations dedicated to criminal justice reform, victims’ rights and restorative justice. (See our partner organizations.)
NCCADP grew from the N.C. Coalition for a Moratorium, which was formed in response to serious questions of justice surrounding North Carolina’s capital punishment system, including the exonerations of several death row inmates. After nearly a decade of promoting reforms intended to end unfair sentencing and prevent wrongful executions, our coalition has determined that the capital punishment system is inherently flawed and will always be subject to human error and the biases of the times. We cannot accept a system that executes its citizens despite documented mistakes, fraud and unfairness.
We believe that North Carolina should replace the death penalty with alternatives that are more victim-centered and cost effective, saving much-needed resources that can be better used to promote public safety. Our coalition works with lawmakers and the public to educate about tough alternatives to our costly and ineffectual death penalty system, including life imprisonment without the possibility of parole and programs that force inmates to take responsibility for their crimes and pay restitution to their victims.