The Death Penalty Is A Punishment For A Crime

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North Carolina is one of the states in the United States that has the death penalty as part of the state’s sentencing options. Basically, the death penalty is a punishment for a crime, typically murder, where the individual is put to death by some approved execution method (e.g. lethal injection). The death penalty is mentioned in North Carolina’s constitution. Specifically, Article XI, section 2 of North Carolina’s constitution states that the General Assembly has the power to implement the death penalty as a punishment for specific crimes (N.C. Const. art. XI, § 2). The implementation of the death penalty has changed over the years.
In North Carolina, the General Statutes of the state codify the guidelines regarding the death penalty, or capital punishment. The death penalty in North Carolina may be given to individuals convicted of a capital crime, specifically murder or homicide. The statute further states that after the individual is found guilty, another proceeding needs to be held if the death penalty is a possibility (N.C.G.S. § 15A-2000). Furthermore, there is only one method of execution available in North Carolina. As with other states that implement the death penalty, North Carolina also has some exceptions and alternatives to the death penalty.
There have been several changes regarding the death penalty in North Carolina. Although the death penalty has not been removed from North Carolina, over the years there have been efforts to implement certain standards…
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