Your voice matters. Let it be heard.
Find who your local county attorney is. A district attorney is the top elected official in charge of all prosecutions in a region. The DA is often personally involved in deciding whether the death penalty will be sought in any particular case. Additionally, they carry enormous influence over local police policies and help shape how our state representatives view capital punishment.
Contact your sheriff.
Find who your General Assembly representatives are. On a local, state-level, your representation in the General Assembly is also determined by where you live. These policymakers represent you and have the ability to repeal the death penalty. Let them know you’d like them to do so.
Contact the Governor.
Contact the Attorney General.
CONTACT YOUR CONGRESSPERSON:
WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR:
The Opinion page is one of the most-read portions of the newspaper. Use it to let people know on a local or national level that it’s past time to end the death penalty.
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It’s going to take a groundswell of support across North Carolina to end the death penalty and create a more humane, just, restorative, and equitable legal system. Help us build that groundswell!
The Carolina Justice Policy Center has created a guide for using your voice and your vote to create a more fair, humane, and accountable criminal justice system. Check out the guide and sign up for updates at vote4justice.net.
TIPS FOR LETTER WRITING
Keep it brief: aim for a single page. For Letters to the Editor: keep it under 200 words.
Let ’em know who you are: include your contact information.
Outline 1-3 reasons why you believe we must end the death penalty. What’s the most compelling reason to you? For example: innocent people sentenced to death, rampant racial injustice within our legal system, capital punishment’s failure to serve victims, or the inhumanity of the death penalty? Feel free to cut and paste facts and notes from our posts to add to your letter.
Make it personal: how does capital punishment affect you, your family, your community, and our state?
Be clear, have heart, and don’t be afraid to follow up your letter with a phone call.
Most importantly, thank you for being a part of creating a more humane criminal justice system.