Henry McCollum & Vernetta Alston

Center for Death Penalty Litigation

CDPL is a non-profit law firm that provides direct representation to people on death row, as well as consulting with and training attorneys who practice capital litigation across the state. CDPL’s commitment to representing indigent and disadvantaged defendants just as vigorously as corporate lawyers defend their highest-paying clients has saved the lives of many who faced execution.

Over the last several decades, CDPL has successfully halted dozens of wrongful executions, helped free innocent people from death row, and secured life sentences in cases that otherwise would have resulted in unjust executions. CDPL has also spearheaded litigation that has prevented North Carolina from carrying out any executions since 2006, and played a key role in educating the public about the state’s arbitrary and unfair capital punishment system.


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