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
"Darryl Hunt's spirit spoke innocence," said Dr. John Mendez of Emmanuel Baptist Church. This was a beautiful and succinct description of Mr. Hunt, who dedicated his life to eradicating the death penalty. He spent 19 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. ...read more
Prosecutors have the power to essentially stop the use of the death penalty. How? By pledging not to charge any defendants capitally. It really is that simple. Prosecutors have total control over whether a case is tried as a death penalty case or a case with the...read more
March has been a good month for advocates against the death penalty in North Carolina. In the seventh straight trial, a Wake County jury has considered all the evidence and returned a sentence of life without the possibility of parole. By rejecting the death penalty,...read more
In a 6-2 ruling, the United State Supreme Court overturned the death sentence of Duane Buck. Justice Thomas and Justice Alito dissented. According to the New York Times, the Court indicated the case as was riddled with "particularly noxious strains of racial...read more
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