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