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The costs of repealing the Racial Justice Act (access required)

In 2009, North Carolina passed the Racial Justice Act, a landmark bill to address racial bias in the use of the death penalty. At that time, prosecutors unsuccessfully opposed the bill. They claimed that it was a surreptitious play to end the death penalty and that it would overwhelm and clog up the court system. They also falsely asserted that it would allow murderers to be freed from prison.

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