The Center for Death Penalty Litigation is a non-profit law firm that provides direct representation to inmates on North Carolina’s death row, as well as consulting with and training attorneys who practice capital litigation across the state. CDPL’s commitment to representing indigent and disadvantaged defendants just as vigorously as corporate lawyers defend their highest-paying clients has saved the lives of many who faced execution. In addition to representing individual clients, CDPL spearheads litigation that addresses systemic injustices and educates the public about the death penalty. CDPL has been a leading force in dramatically reducing the number of executions in North Carolina, and has cast light on the arbitrariness and unfairness of our state’s capital punishment system.
In a March 23 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court said states must end the discrimination that denies African-Americans the right to serve on capital juries. In just three minutes, our new video explains why it matters that juries that decide life and death are still overwhelmingly white. Did you know that more half of NC’s death row inmates were sentenced by juries that are overwhelmingly white? Please watch, share, and take action.
CDPL and the N.C. Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty have just launched a new interactive project: On Trial for Their Lives. Much like the Innocence Registry tracks the cases of people exonerated, this website tracks the cases of people who are wrongly targeted with the death penalty in North Carolina. Learn more about the dangerous and all-too-common practice of prosecuting even the weakest cases capitally, and search for cases across North Carolina.
Learn more about the death penalty. For a fuller listing, go to our Links page:
- N.C. Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
- N.C. Advocates for Justice
- Death Penalty Information Center
See Our Impact
CDPL’s staff has halted wrongful executions, helped free innocent people from death row, and exposed systemic injustices. Learn more about the work that has made CDPL a leader in addressing unfairness in capital punishment.