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Ending the Death Penalty
Across North Carolina, juries in capital cases are opting for life in prison, instead of the death penalty. North Carolina juries are sending a consistent message that they prefer life sentences over death.
Reducing the Use of Prisons and Jails
The U.S. has one of the highest incarceration rates in the world with 500 per 100,000 adults in prison (2010). North Carolina has also seen extensive growth in the prison population over the last 3 decades.
Raising the Juvenile Age
North Carolina remains one of only two states in the nation that still prosecute all 16- and 17-year-olds as adults, regardless of the severity of the crime. When youth end up in adult court, there is limited access to rehabilitative programming, mentoring, counseling, or even education.