Monday, December 13, 2010

Poll: North Carolinians Question the Death Penalty

A new poll, released today, indicates that a majority of North Carolinian would consider ending the death penalty. These concerns are fueled by concerns over wrongful convictions and the indiscretions of the SBI lab, as well as the enormous cost of the death penalty.

  • 68% of respondents said executions should be halted in light of the SBI findings;
  • 58% opposed death in sentences involving racial bias
  • 64% support life without parole over the death penalty and had doubts about the $11 million a year tab for the death penalty

As reported here, on the Public News Service:

"Mark Kleinschmidt, executive director of the Fair Trial Initiative in Durham [which released the poll], explains the poll results.

'North Carolinians are saying two to one: 'Don't execute anyone until we can be sure that all the evidence was good evidence, and the testing points to the guilty party.'

...In the poll, 80-percent of respondents identified themselves as either moderate or conservative

Advocates for ending the death penalty claim that doing so would save $11 million a year in capital punishment costs to the state. Kleinschmidt explains why it's so expensive."

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