Greensboro, NC -- North Carolina's last execution happened in 2006.
The state offered us a tour of death row. We took them up on their offer.
But we also wanted to give some context on the execution debate in North Carolina.
Attorney David Freedman says historically, executions were designed as severe punishment and deterrents to crime.
He says the questions about how race factors into death sentences are what are preserving our state's moratorium on executions.
Freedman doesn't expect the moratorium to be lifted until cases affected by the Racial Justice Act work their way through the court system.
The Racial Justice Act allows death row inmates to use statistics to argue their sentences were the result of racial bias.