CCV Releases Booklet
of Testimonials Against the Death Penalty
people you will meet in this booklet have endured unimaginable,
heartbreaking loss: the murder of a child, a parent,
a sibling, a friend. Despite all efforts, their wounds
may never entirely heal. Yet they choose to speak.
They choose to raise their voices, individually and
collectively against the death penalty and to share
their most personal and painful stories of loss. Why?
Because all too often, the loved ones of murder victims
find that other people purport to speak for them, while
their own voices are stilled. They are invoked as a
reason to support the death penalty because it is assumed
that all victims’ families want executions. Yet,
for so many victims’ survivors — like those
featured in this booklet — the death penalty
solves nothing and can even perpetuate their suffering.
California Crime Victims for Alternatives
to the Death Penalty is a coalition of families, friends,
and loved ones of murder victims who oppose the death
penalty. The coalition supports families, friends,
and loved ones in telling their stories and being heard.
CCV educates the public about alternatives to the death
penalty and provides information, resources, and support
to families regardless of their views on the death
penalty or whether the perpetrator has been apprehended.
Families and loved ones of murder victims support
alternatives to the death penalty for many reasons,
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
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.