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
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The University of Virginia School of Law has created a new online resource that allows users to explore death penalty practices in the United States from 1991 to 2017. The resource consists of an interactive map that provides data about the number of death sentences...read more
The American Bar Association has created a new web resource devoted to the clemency process in death penalty cases. The resource, called the Capital Clemency Resource Initiative Clearinghouse, is the result of a collaboration between the ABA Death Penalty...read more
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On Wednesday, a Wake County jury sentenced Donovan Richardson to life in prison for his role in a 2014 double murder. He is one of three men accused in the crime of murdering two elderly men at their home in Fuquay Varina. One of the other men pleaded guilty and will...read more