Charlotte Talks: Tide Turns Against Death Penalty
Monday, April 9, 2018
North Carolina hasn't used the death penalty since 2006, and public support has dropped. What's turning the tide? Mike Collins talks with a Charlotte attorney trying to have the U.S. Supreme Court examine its constitutionality.
But capital sentences are becoming fewer in North Carolina. Four death penalty cases were tried in the state in 2017, and juries rejected death sentences in each one. What’s more, it’s been more than a decade – 2006 – since the state last put an inmate to death.
Nationwide, fewer death sentences are being carried out, and public support, as measured by an October Gallup Poll, is at a 45-year low.
Charlotte attorney Henderson Hill, a longtime critic of the death penalty, is spearheading a campaign to have the U.S. Supreme Court once again look at the constitutionality of the death penalty.
What’s driving the turning of the tide away from executions? How likely will the court review the constitutionality of executions, much less end the practice?
Elizabeth Hambourger, staff attorney, Center for Death Penalty Litigation
Our guests continue the conversation at UNC Charlotte's Center City campus, Tuesday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m., as part of the Witness in Residence Initiative. More information can be found here.