800 Watts Street, Durham, NC 27701
The Capital Restorative Justice Project

Welcome to The Capital Restorative Justice Project

Our mission is to promote healing and nonviolent responses within NC communities torn apart by murder and executions.

About Us

Our History

In December 2002, Ernest Basden was executed by the State of NC during the infamous ice storm that caused NC to declare a state of emergency. A few days later, Desmond Carter was executed. Both men had families who loved them, strong community support, and dedicated legal teams. One lawyer of Mr. Basden--who had at that time seen three clients executed and who is married to a family member of a murder victim--and Mr. Basden's family committed themselves to creating good out of their pain. 

Desiring to comprehensively address their needs, a group of those affected by murder and executions came together in 2003 to discuss how to address their pain and the pain of hundreds of others in similar circumstances. This was the birth of the Capital Restorative Justice Project.

Who We Are

We are Victims Advocates, Clergy, Concerned Citizens, Mothers, Fathers, Ex-Offenders, Capital Attorneys, Mitigation Specialists, Sisters, Brothers, Friends, Activists, and People of Faith who actively promote healing and understanding while seeking an alternative to violence.

Contact Us

800 Watts Street Durham, NC 27701



What We Offer

  • One-on-one listening sessions with those who have had a loved one taken by murder or a death sentence
  • An annual gathering every November for family members who have had a loved one murdered, family members who have had a loved one sentenced to death, and for community members to participate in Circles and to learn together about an aspect of restorative justice. 
  • Restorative Justice 101 Education Seminars or workshops for schools, faith congregations, and community groups
  • Healing Circle facilitator training