Entries tagged with “Center for Death Penalty Litigation — North Carolina

Policy Issues

Arbitrariness

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Sentencing Data

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Oct 16, 2018

73% of North Carolina’s Death Row Sentenced Under Obsolete Laws, New Report Says

Most of the 142 pris­on­ers on North Carolinas death row were con­vict­ed under obso­lete and out­dat­ed death-penal­ty laws and would not have been sen­tenced to death if tried today, accord­ing to a new report by the Center for Death Penalty Litigation. The report by the Durham-based defense orga­ni­za­tion, titled Unequal Justice: How Obsolete Laws and Unfair Trials Created North Carolina’s Outsized Death Row, says that near­ly three-quar­ters of the pris­on­ers on the nation’s sixth-largest death row were tried and sen­tenced before the state enact­ed sig­nif­i­cant reforms in pros­e­cu­tion, defense, and…

Policy Issues

Race

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History of the Death Penalty

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Oct 07, 2020

Groundbreaking Racist Roots’ Project Exposes Racism Endemic in North Carolina’s Death Penalty

North Carolinas death penal­ty is a weapon of social con­trol root­ed in a racist past. That is the mes­sage of a ground­break­ing new col­lab­o­ra­tive project, Racist Roots: Origins of North Carolina’s Death Penalty, by the Durham-based defense orga­ni­za­tion Center for Death Penalty Litigation (CDPL).