CDPL is a non-profit law firm that represents people on death row, coordinates capital litigation across North Carolina, and serves as a clearinghouse for accurate and timely information on the N.C. death penalty. We believe that indigent defendants facing the death penalty deserve the same kind of high-quality representation available to the highest-paying clients. We also believe that ending the unjust and error-prone death penalty is a crucial part of building a more humane criminal justice system in North Carolina.
This fall, CDPL executive director Gretchen M. Engel spoke to the N.C. Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice. As the task force weighs reforms to the state’s criminal punishment system in the wake of George Floyd’s death and the ensuing protests, Gretchen told a deeply personal story about why ending the death penalty must be part of our efforts to eradicate racism. Please read her remarks.
CDPL is looking for a campaign director who will mobilize opposition to the death penalty and work to raise the voices of the African-American community, other people of color, and those directly affected by the criminal legal system. The ideal candidate will have a commitment to ending the death penalty and to racial justice, expertise in outreach to communities of color, and an organizer’s instincts. This is a full-time position with benefits. Please read on for the full job description.
Learn more about the death penalty. For a fuller listing, go to our Links page:
- N.C. Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
- Carolina Justice Policy Center
- Death Penalty Information Center
See Our Impact
CDPL’s staff has halted wrongful executions, helped free innocent people from death row, and exposed systemic injustices. Learn more about the work that has made CDPL a leader in addressing unfairness in capital punishment.