Americans and North Carolinians are trending away from supporting 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.
The trend away from capital punishment is not just a phenomena in North Carolina, but across the country. North Carolina is among the majority of states, 26, plus 3 jurisdictions (District of Columbia, Federal Government, and Military), that has not executed a single person in the last ten years. In the minority of states that are still executing people, the number of prisoners executed is falling steadily.
From the Death Penalty Information Center
- Innocence and the Death Penalty
Comprehensive lists of exonerees, innocence cases and more.
- Mental Illness and the Death Penalty
Research, cases and resources around mental illness and the death penalty.
From the NC Department of Public Safety
Death Penalty News
Death Row Exonerees in North Carolina (1974-2016)
- Samuel Poole (1974)
- Christopher Spicer (1975)
- Tim Hennis (1989)
- Alfred Rivera (1999)
- Alan Gell (2004)
- Jonathan Hoffman (2007)
- Glen Chapman (2008)
- Levon ‘Bo’ Jones (2008)
- David Gainey (2010)
- Henry McCollum (2014)
Non-Death Row Exonerees in North Carolina (1974-08)
- Ronald Cotton (1995)
- Darryl Hunt (2003)
- Dwayne Dail (2007)
From Our Blog: Death Penalty Updates
Phillip Davis was resentenced from a death sentence to life without the possibility of parole, reducing the number of active inmates on North Carolina's death row to 148. We previously reported on Phillip's hearing here. The final decision was issued last Friday in...read more
Judge Erwin Spainhour ruled on Jan. 25th that four prisoners in 2012 who were granted relief based on the Racial Justice Act could no longer use the RJA to appeal their re-sentencing from life to death. Judge Spainhour's decision will be appealed. The RJA was passed...read more
Dylan Roof was sentenced to death on January 11 for the murder of 9 parishioners during Bible study at Mother Emanuel Baptist Church. Roof was sentenced for crimes that caused untold suffering to the nine families of those at Mother Emanuel, the surviving victims and...read more
An article entitled These Lives Matter, Those Ones Don't: Comparing Execution Rates by the Race and Gender of the Victim in the US and in the Top Death Penalty States, recently published in the Albany Law Review, tackles data on how the race of a victim impacts the...read more
There were important referendums on the death penalty on the ballot in several states on November 9th. Despite some of these setbacks, actual executions and support for the death penalty continue to be on a downward trend. Oklahoma amended its State Constitution to...read more
In 1997, Phillip Davis, who was an 18 year old, with a borderline intellectual capacity, entered a guilty plea to two counts of murder. The state sought the death penalty and prepared to pick a jury it could convince that Phillip should die for his crimes. While...read more