Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Illinois Abolition: Statement of Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights

Murder Victims' Families for Human Rights congratulates Illinois Governor Quinn on signing into law the recently passed legislation abolishing the state's death penalty.  We applaud the state's decision to redirect funds formerly spent on the death penalty to services for families of homicide victims and training of law enforcement personnel.  As family members of murder victims, we know that each homicide is a theft of a unique, irreplaceable, deeply loved human life, representing a world of devastation for the victim’s surviving families.  A commitment to helping these victims' families and law enforcement personnel who work to protect us is a positive step forward for Illinois. 

Renny Cushing, Executive Director
Jeanne Bishop, Illinois board member

1 comment:

Atlanta Roofing said...

The GOP has no scientific support for their position. The death penalty does not deter crime, it does add significan¬tly to prison costs through the expensive appeals process, and often --- due to the seriously flawed judicial system --- convict innocent victims. Even one innocent death is too much. They don't even follow their much touted Bible-base¬d principles¬. The death penalty could only be imposed by the testimony of TWO EYEWITNESS¬ES. Circumstan¬tial evidence was not the basis. So, as usual, the GOP is on the wrong side of moral ethics on this one.