That's the title of a news report in today's Duke Chronicle written by Rebecca Chen.
Public opinion, high costs and geography have contributed to a decline in the use of the death penalty in North Carolina.
Only one person was sentenced to death in North Carolina out of five people tried for the penalty. The number of people sentenced to death has decreased since the 1990s with 34 sentenced in 1995, 18 in 2000 and six in 2005.
In the past decade, approximately three people have been sentenced annually, said Kenneth Rose, senior staff attorney and former director of the Center for Death Penalty Litigation.
One major reason the death penalty is becoming a less frequent outcome of convictions is because of the large cost associated with it.
Earlier coverage from North Carolina begins at the link. There is currently a moratorium on executions in North Carolina due to lethal injection issues.