North Carolina Republicans like Marshall Hurley, David Robinson, Mark Edwards, Steve Monks, Mia White, Larry Ford, Chris Callahan, LaRinda Huntley Kaplan and conservative Democrats like retired Southern Pines Chief of Police Gerald Galloway have joined together to raise people’s awareness of this issue.
Conservatives have always been tough on crime. However, a growing number of them now believe that life in prison without the possibility of parole (LWOP) can be just as tough, if not tougher, punishment as the death penalty – at far less cost to the public.
District Attorneys seldom ask for the death penalty in capital cases anymore. And juries are simply not recommending death penalty sentences. North Carolina has sentenced to death fewer than four people a year for the past half dozen years, usually only one or two. In 2012, no death sentences were returned at all. There has not been an execution in North Carolina since 2006 and because of the lengthy legal battles before the courts, there may not be another execution in this state for many years, if ever.
Many people say the death penalty is a deterrent. However, the murder rate has continued to decline in North Carolina even though there has not been an execution in North Carolina in eight years. Simply, there was a time and a place for the death penalty in NC; that era has passed and we believe it is time to consider less costly, equally deterrent, options such as LWOP.
This is not an issue that people think or talk about very often. That is why we feel the time is right to begin a dialogue about replacing the death penalty with LWOP. We hope you will consider joining our efforts. Just head to our contact section and let us know how you can help. Or send us a question.
If you have questions or comments about the organization please contact our state coordinator Ballard Everett at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 919-272-0297. You can also keep up-to-date with our activities at our new Facebook page.