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Events

March 10 Crucial Conversation: Race, mass incarceration and criminal justice reform in NC

Join us Wednesday, March 10 at 3:30 p.m. for a very special (and virtual) Crucial Conversation: Satana Deberry and Dawn Blagrove: A conversation about race, mass incarceration and criminal justice reform in North Carolina

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Progressive Voices Top Story

Even on Death Row, there’s no escape from racism and discrimination for Black women

When the State places its noose around a white woman’s neck, the world cries foul. On January 13, Lisa Montgomery, a white woman, was led to the death chamber. The federal government used its weapon of choice, lethal injection, to kill her. She was the first woman executed by the federal government in 68 years. Widely condemned, her execution was seen as a tragic killing of a victim of horrific sexual and physical abuse.

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Radio Interviews

Duke University Law Professor Brandon Garrett discusses a new study that shows racial bias in sentences of life without parole in NC


What explains the puzzle of life without parole (LWOP) sentencing in the United States? In the past two decades, LWOP sentences have reached record highs, with over 50,000 prisoners serving LWOP. Yet during this same period, homicide rates have steadily declined. To shed light on what might explain the sudden rise of LWOP, this report examines characteristics of the more than 1,627 cases in which LWOP was imposed from 1995 to 2017, in North Carolina, one of the states that imposes the largest numbers of these sentences.Read: Life Without Parole Sentencing in North Carolina

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