Race still determines who sits on capital juries in North Carolina. Our overwhelmingly white juries are more likely to convict the wrong people and hand down unequal punishments.
Get the Facts:
- In N.C. capital trials, prosecutors reject qualified black jurors at more than twice the rate of white jurors.
- About 20 percent of North Carolina’s approximately 150 death row inmates were sentenced by all-white juries.
- Nearly half of death row inmates were sentenced by juries that included no more than a single person of color.
- Nine innocent people have been sentenced to death in North Carolina and later exonerated. Eight of them were people of color.
We often hear the death penalty is needed to punish a small handful of the “worst of the worst” criminals. However, research shows the death penalty in North Carolina is used broadly and indiscriminately, with little regard for the strength of the evidence against defendants — a practice that puts innocent people in danger of being executed. Watch Leslie Lincoln’s story of being wrongly tried for her mother’s murder. Learn more about wrongful capital prosecutions and read Leslie’s full story at OnTrialForTheirLives.org.