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April 25, 2007

Victims' statement against the death penalty

Providing another perspective during National Crime Victims' Rights Week is this item at DPIC, which reprints a statement  The statement issued by the leaders of Murder Victims' Families for Human Rights, Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation, and Journey of Hope, calling for an end to the death penalty  Here is a portion of the statement:

April 22 – 28, 2007 is National Crime Victims' Rights Week.  The theme for this year is "Victims' Rights: Every Victim, Every Time." As victims, and survivors, we strongly support efforts to ensure that the needs of victims' don't fall through the cracks or fall prey to politics.

The death penalty does not serve victims' families.  It draws resources away from needed support programs, law enforcement and crime prevention.  And the trials and appeals endlessly re-open wounds as they are beginning to heal, and it only creates more families who lose loved ones to killing.

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