For Immediate Release Wednesday May 22, 2013 @ 10a.m. EST VICTIMS NEEDS, CAPITAL PUNISHMENT AND RACIAL BIAS IN DEATH SENTENCING Raleigh, NC – Victims’ families deserve a judicial system they can trust to deliver justice without regard for the race of the victim, the jurors, or the accused. The problem of race discrimination in [...]
Statement on Victims’ Needs, Capital Punishment and Racial Bias in Death Sentencing in Response to North Carolina Bill SB306
North Carolina can do better for families of homicide victims and all citizens than restarting executions. We can do better to restore confidence in our judicial process than removing a reform that is working. We need a serious conversation that leads to smart-on-crime solutions that better prevent violence, address the harms created by violence, help [...]
Join us for “The Cost of Violence: A Community Response” with Dorothy Johnson-Speight of Mothers in Charge March 26th and 27th!
The Cost of Violence: A Community Response Raleigh – March 26th Durham – March 27th Dorothy Johnson-Speight, Founding Director of Philadelphia-based Mothers in Charge, will speak on “The Cost of Violence: A Community Response” March 26th in Raleigh and March 27th in Durham. Dorothy experienced the cost of violence firsthand when her son was [...]
Yesterday, the North Carolina Senate filed SB 306, a bill to repeal what’s left of the Racial Justice Act and restart executions in the state. Below is the statement MVFR released to the press in response to the bill. In the coming days we will keep you informed on developments, our activities connected to raising our [...]
The following statement was read at a press conference opposing the execution of Paul Howell who was sentenced to death in 1992 for the killing of Florida State Trooper Jimmy Fulford. MVFR advocates for replacing the capital punishment system with alternatives that better address the harms caused by murder and that build safer communities. Murder [...]
“Will we be a society that’s guided by the fundamental civil and human rights that we understand are bestowed on humankind by God? A society guided by the dignity of every individual. A society that is always moving forward to what’s right.” Gov. Martin O’Malley announced Tuesday he will submit legislation to the General Assembly [...]
The Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) recently released its 2012 year-end report highlighting a record decrease in new death sentences as well as other signs that the public continues to turn away from capital punishment. This trend points to important opportunities for those of us committed to replacing the death penalty with supports and services [...]
The narrow defeat of Proposition 34 in California on November 6th shows considerable decline of support for the death penalty. Read the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) press statement here.
It is official – no one will be sentenced to death in North Carolina in 2012! You can read about it in this News & Observer article – No one sentenced to death in North Carolina this year