We must make absolutely certain we don't execute innocent people. Human error, corruption, circumstantial evidence, ineffective attorneys and racial discrimination pose high risks to justice. We have convicted — and executed — many innocent people in this country. In his column, “Gell case shows death penalty math doesn't add up,” Dave Russell cited both exonerations and high cost in his editorial opposition to the ultimate penalty.
Moreover, studies show clearly that the death penalty does not provide deterrence against future crime or restorative justice to victims. It is time we end executions in North Carolina.