A broad cross-section of North Carolinians supports a moratorium on executions for a variety of reasons. Most support it because of identified flaws in the administration of capital punishment. Innocent people have been sentenced to death in North Carolina; racial bias has played a role in some trials; 98% of death row inmates had court appointed lawyers, many of whom were unqualified, incompetent or impaired; and in some cases prosecutors withheld evidence of innocence.
Some support a moratorium because the current system is arbitrary, because it is too costly, or because the punishment itself has not been proven to be a deterrent. Whatever the reasons for their support, there are a great number of citizens, organizations, newspaper editorial boards, and local governments who believe North Carolina needs a two-year suspension of executions so that we can fix the documented flaws.
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