Experts debunk mythology about Racial Justice Act
When it comes to the rights of North Carolina prison inmates, few if anyone knows more than the lawyers at North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services. Today’s the group’s executive director, Mary Pollard, sent a letter to Governor Perdue debunking the notion promoted by some prosecutors that some inmates who had their death sentences overturned by the application of the Racial Justice Act could somehow end up out on the street (the Act mandates that the sentences of such individuals be converted to life in prison without the possibility of parole).
According to Pollard:
“The possibility that a death row inmate might become parole-eligible as a result of the Racial Justice Act should not be of concern to you as you make your decision on whether to veto the legislative repeal of the Act.”