Victims' family members who oppose the
death penalty come to that opposition from a variety of experiences
and beliefs, but all challenge the common assumption that anyone who
has lost a family member to murder is in favor of capital punishment.
All challenge the notion that executions are the way to achieve
justice or closure for the family that murder leaves behind.
This section of our website aims to put
real faces on victim opposition to the death penalty by presenting
photos and statements from survivors throughout the United States and
around the world, along with photos of the murder victim and links to
We invite you to browse by location or
by name, and to print out these pages to distribute them to lawmakers,
students, members of the clergy, as you find it helpful to do so.
We will be adding to this gallery
regularly in the coming weeks and months, so check back often and
let us know if you'd like to have your own photo and statement