Victims and the Death Penalty

INTRODUCTION

Vindication for victims and closure for victims' families are often held out as primary reasons for supporting the death penalty.  However, many people in this community believe that another killing would not bring closure and that the death penalty is a disservice to victims.

Legal Issues: States That Allow Victim Impact Statements

Victims' Resources

Studies and Reports
Books
Law Reviews
Articles
Related Web Sites

News and Developments - Current Year

News and Developments - Previous Years (Includes the Voices of Victims):

2013  2012  2011  2010  2009  2008   2007  2006  2005  2004  2003

ORGANIZATIONS FOR VICTIMS' FAMILIES, WITH RESOURCES ON THE DEATH PENALTY:

 Murder Victims' Families for Human Rights

Goals:

To support and aid those who are mired in the court system without voices.

To be a national and international advocate against the death penalty as punishment for crime.

To educate legislators and the general public about the victimizing and re-victimizing effects of the death penalty on everyone involved in the process.

 

 

Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation

Goals:

Recruits, trains, prepares and mobilizes victims to get involved in jurisdictional campaigns.

Develops strategy with other state-focused death penalty abolition groups.

Testifies before legislatures and empowers other family members to testify.

Forms alliances with other victims' groups.

Works with policymakers, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement, media and victims advocates to support alternatives to the death penalty and increases awareness of the needs and voices of victims' family members.