Publications

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Brochures and Fact Sheets
The Silent Crisis in California: Unsolved Murders
Not in our Name: Murder Victims’ Families Speak Out Against the Death Penalty
VOICES from California Crime Victims for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
Multimedia
Newsletters
Op-eds, Newspaper Articles, and Commentary

Brochures and Fact Sheets

» English brochure: California Crime Victims for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
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Spanish brochure: Victimas de Delitos a Favor de Alternativas de la Pena de Muerte
» Why California Crime Victims Oppose the Death Penalty

The Silent Crisis in California: Unsolved Murders

While hundreds of millions of dollars are spent each year on the death penalty, a shocking number of homicides remain unsolved in California. This report by California Crime Victims for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (CCV) focuses on unsolved homicides in California, a problem that has been largely ignored until now by policy makers and the media. By shifting limited public safety resources away toward solving every murder we can achieve justice for all crime victims, not just symbolism for a few.

CLICK HERE to read the full report!

Not In Our Name: Murder Victims’ Families Speak Out Against the Death Penalty

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California Crime Victims for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, in collaboration with Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation, released the booklet Not In Our Name: Murder Victims’ Families Speak Out Against the Death Penalty (NION). NION contains 20 stories from family members of murder victims and of the executed honoring his/her loved one and speaking out against the death penalty. Each family member either lives in California or his/her loved one lived in California.

» Read their stories…

Voices from California Crime Victims…

CCV BookletThe 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.

» Read their stories…

Multimedia

Murder Victim Family members Discuss the Death Penalty – featuring Lorrain Taylor, MSNBC, July 19, 2011

 

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Op-Eds, Newspaper Articles, Commentary

» Murder Victim Mom Against the Death Penalty, by Lorrain Taylor, California Progress Report, November 1, 2011

» Death by murder, death by state, by Rich Anderson, San Diego Union Tribune, August 16, 2011

» End death penalty; don’t cut victims’ fund, by Judy Kerr, Press-Enterprise, March 15, 2011

» An Open Letter to Governor Jerry Brown: Smart on Crime Solutions to the Budget, by Aqeela Sherrills, The Los Angeles Sentinel, March 11, 2011

» Viewpoints: Execution ripped open old wounds, by Linda Owens, Sacramento Bee, December 12, 2010

» Voting on the death penalty, by Anna Louis Sussman, The Nation, November 11, 2010

» Honor homicide victims – oppose death penalty, by Judy Kerr, San Francisco Chronicle, September 29, 2010

» Viewpoints: Death penalty is not worth the cost, by Judy Kerr and Helene Burns, Sacramento Bee, August 25, 2010

» Without death penalty, we’d have funds to treat mental illness, by Deldelp Medina, San Jose Mercury News,

» Cut Death Penalty to Fund Criminal Investigations, by Aqeela Sherrills, Care2, August 16, 2010; Originally posted on LA Progressive

» Murder Victim Family Members Ask Governor to Make Tough on Crime Choice to End Death Penalty, by Judy Kerr, California Progress Report, April 15, 2010

» Looking at the Death Penalty: Let’s Talk About Murder, by Judy Kerr, Capitol Weekly, April 22, 2010

» Murder Victim Family Members Ask Governor to Make Tough on Crime Choice to End Death Penalty, by Judy Kerr, California Progress Report, April 15, 2010

» Aqeela Sherrills: One father’s message to another, by Aqeela Sherrills, Los Angeles Daily News, January 26, 2010

» Public Hearing Turns into Passionate Debate on Death Penalty, Sacramento Bee, July 1, 2009

» Death Debate Rages: First-ever open hearing on executions draws scores, Stockton Record, July 1, 2009

» The Real Cost of the Death Penalty, by Cathy Harrington, MVFR Board Members, Napa Valley Register, June 30, 2009

» Time for Californians to End the Death Penalty, by Janis Gay, MVFR Board Member, Napa Valley Register, June 23, 2009

» Death Penalty Trials Just Waste Money, by Judy Kerr, Spokeswoman and Victim Liaison for California Crime Victims for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, Riverside Press-Enterprise, June 4, 2009

» Crime Victims Week-Death Penalty Alterntatives, by Judy Kerr, Spokeswoman and Victim Liaison for California Crime Victims for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, California Progress Report, April 27, 2009

» Open Forum on the Death Penalty: What Price Vengeance?, by Judy Kerr, Spokeswoman and Victim Liaison for California Crime Victims for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, San Francisco Chronicle, March 13, 2009

» Understaffed Oakland Department Behind Other Cities in Solving Homicides, by Mary Fricker of The Chauncey Bailey Project, Oakland Tribune, December 29, 2008

» Holding on to the Death Penalty is a Serious Mistake. Op Ed by Ray Samuels, former Newark Chief of Police, Oakland Tribune, December 23, 2008

» Restorative Justice an Option for Youth Offenders, by Kamika Dunlap, Oakland Tribune, November 20, 2008

» UN Vote Shows Growing Support of Death Penalty Ban, by John Keilprin, Associated Press, November 20, 2008

» Can California Really Afford the Death Penalty?, by Daniel Borenstein, Contra Costa Times, November 14, 2008

» Grieving Mother on a Mission. Everyday Heroes featuring Lorrain Taylor, CCV Member and Director of 1,000 Mothers to Prevent Violence, USF Magazine, Fall 2008

» Death Row Cost Overrun: $40 Million. New San Quentin housing also could run out of room, report says. By Matthew Yi, San Francisco Chronicle, July 30, 2008

» Death Penalty and Race: Scales of Justice May Weigh Heavily Against Blacks. Op-Ed by Claire Cooper featuring Bill Babbitt, CCV Member, Sacramento Bee, Sunday, July 6, 2008

» Death Penalty Perpetuates Vicious Cycle of Violence. Op Ed by Darryl Stalworth, Former Alameda County District Attorney, San Jose Mercury News, July 6, 2008

» Study Shows It is Time to Do Away with Death Penalty by Byron Williams, Oakland Tribune, July 6, 2008

» Report: California Death Penalty System Deeply Flawed by Paul Elias, Associated Press, June 30, 2008

» Why I Oppose the Death Penalty. Op Ed by Delane Sims, ACCADP Death Penalty Outreach Coordinator, California Progress Report, June 20, 2008

» State Auditor Finds Proposed California Death Row Facility to Cost Millions More Than Originally Projected.Op Ed by Judy Kerr, CCV Spokesperson, California Progress Report, June 12, 2008

» The Death Penalty is Not Civilized. Op Ed by Aundr M. Herron, Sacramento Bee, Sunday, April 20, 2008

» Lessons from Two Years Without the Death Penalty. Op Ed by Judy Kerr, Alameda County Resident and CCV Spokesperson, California Progress Report, February 21, 2008.

» We Should be Devoted to Ending Injustice, Not Ending More Lives. Op Ed by Naomi White and Derrel Myers, San Jose Mercury News, January 18, 2008.

» Walk on Saturday to Stop Executions. Op Ed by Azim Khamisa, The North County Times, September 12, 2007.