people are waiting to die in North Carolina
people have been sentenced to death in NC since 1910
people on death row have been exonerated since 1973
Ending the Death Penalty and Educating Communities
Shape Public Opinion
Public sentiment against the death penalty has grown steadily, and we are working to build on that momentum. Through our own publications and local media, we keep North Carolinians informed about problems with the death penalty in North Carolina and beyond. We also work to cultivate anti-death penalty advocates by providing opportunities for citizens and local leaders to speak out against the death penalty.
Maintain Current Moratorium
As a result of the hard work of our organization and our partners, no one has been executed in North Carolina since 2006. Similar lengthy moratoriums on executions in other states have been lifted before, so we are working to assure that the moratorium stays in place.
Because prosecutors have the full discretion to choose not to impose capital charges, our Vote4Justice initiative educates voters on their power to elect anti-death penalty prosecutors.
Oppose Capital Charges
We work to mobilize a public response when prosecutors choose to charge defendants capitally.
Help Us Abolish the Death Penalty
Since 1910, over 1,000 people have been sentenced to die in North Carolina. Help us make sure no one else is put to death, or sentenced to die, in North Carolina. Give now to join CJPC’s fight to reform our criminal justice system.
From Our Blog: Death Penalty Updates
On May 20, Nicholas Kristof wrote the longest opinion piece in New York Times history about Kevin Cooper, a California death row prisoner. Evidence in his case suggests that he was framed by evidence planted by the San Bernadino police. Kristof spoke with Robert...read more
The North Carolina state bar has launched an investigation against Florida lawyer Patrick Megaro for his treatment of two North Carolina exonerees, one of whom was exonerated from death row. Henry McCollum and his half-brother Leon served decades in prison for the...read more
On April 26, 2018, The Equal Justice Initiative opened the Memorial for Peace and Justice. It also opened the Legacy Museum, which tells the stories of the over 4,000 people killed by racial terror lynchings in the century after the Civil War. The museum highlights...read more