*Effective January 1st:
Filing period for victims of violent crime to apply
for financial assistance for crime-related expenses
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Murder victim family members
speak out against the death penalty
Family members who have lost loved ones to murder speak
out about why the death penalty is not justice that
works for them. Watch their stories now.
do murder victim family members support ending the death
Ending the death penalty and replacing it with the swift
and certain punishment of life in prison without possibility
of parole is a smart way to save money that would be
better spent elsewhere—on services victims really need
and on programs that will actually improve public safety.
The fact is that the death penalty costs hundreds of
millions of dollars more than the alternative, life
without parole. And only a handful of killers even receive
death sentences. By replacing the death penalty with
life without parole we can:
Use the money to get more killers off of our streets
by solving the 46% of murders that go unsolved each
year in California. Read
Provide swift justice for victims without retraumatizing
them through lengthy death penalty trials and appeals.
Prevent cuts to the victims' fund, which helps victims
pay for grief counseling, funeral expenses, medical
costs, and other services.
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Crime Victims for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
(CCV) is a coalition of murder victim family members
who support alternatives to the death penalty. After
the horrifying loss of a loved one to homicide, they
are left with a clear awareness that the death penalty
fails to address the needs of victims on many counts.
The coalition does not endorse any specific reason for
opposing the death penalty, but supports all families
in telling their stories and educates the public about
alternatives to the death penalty. CCV can also direct
families to available support and resources regardless
of their views on the death penalty or whether the perpetrator
has been apprehended.
Some examples of why loved ones of murder victims support
alternatives to the death penalty include:
The death penalty process is a traumatizing experience
for families, often requiring them to relive the
pain and suffering of the death of their loved one
for many years. Life without parole provides certain
punishment without the endless reopening of wounds.
Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent on the
death penalty each year. If we replace the death
penalty with life without parole, millions of dollars
could be spent on violence-prevention efforts, solving
unsolved cases, and increasing victim services.
The death penalty places the focus on the legal
consequences, not the human consequences. Attention
is directed on the crime and the accused, instead
of where it belongs — on the family and loved
ones of the victim and on the community. Life without
parole punishes the criminal without putting him
or her in the headlines.