Whether you are sentenced to death is heavily dependent on where you are tried. While the death penalty is intended to be reserved for the “worst of the worst,” it is instead applied differently in every county in North Carolina. Nineteen counties have not sentenced anyone to death in the modern era of the death penalty. Most urban counties have sentenced no more than 3 percent of murderers to death. Meanwhile, many rural counties sentence people to death at far higher rates, some as high as 15 percent.
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