After 12 years without an execution, many people believe the North Carolina death penalty is dead. That might be true — if it weren’t for the more than 140 people still on death row. A new report shows that, by today’s standards, most of them shouldn’t be there.
In North Carolina, and across the country, the public is losing faith in the ultimate punishment. A flurry of states have recently outlawed the death penalty, and its use in North Carolina has declined sharply.
A punishment intended for the “worst of the worst” is instead dependent on random factors, such as the race of the victim and the county where the defendant is tried.
North Carolina’s death penalty costs many millions of dollars each year, even while executions are stalled, and a majority of North Carolinians say it is not a worthwhile use of tax money.
Race still plays a part in deciding who is sentenced to death in North Carolina. There is clear statewide evidence that African-Americans have been systematically excluded from capital juries and that crimes against white victims are punished more harshly.
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 […]
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