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This is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, so we though it would be a good occasion to show what the California Crime Victims for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (CCV) have been up to.

CCV represents crime victims and their families who think the death penalty unnecessary for them to heal and that the enormous amount of resources it consumes would be better spent on services for victims or programs actually reduce or prevent crime in the first place.

Across the country the death penalty is in decline, and states are increasingly confronted with the question of whether they should prop up failing systems or move away from them. Most states are choosing the latter, whether that means repealing death penalty laws outright, imposing moratoria, or simply going decades without executions.