Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation (MVFR) calls for a moratorium on executions in Ohio. Our hearts go out to the family of Joy Stewart, who was senselessly murdered in 1989. This family waited 24 years for the system to complete its broken process. Our hearts also go out to the family members of Dennis McGuire and others who witnessed his execution. The execution of Mr.
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“Will we be a society that’s guided by the fundamental civil and human rights that we understand are bestowed on humankind by God? A society guided by the dignity of every individual. A society that is always moving forward to what’s right.”
The Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) recently released its 2012 year-end report highlighting a record decrease in new death sentences as well as other signs that the public continues to turn away from capital punishment. This trend points to important opportunities for those of us committed to replacing the death penalty with supports and services that better serve victims’ needs and that prevent violence in the first place.
The narrow defeat of Proposition 34 in California on November 6th shows considerable decline of support for the death penalty. Read the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) press statement here.
It is official – no one will be sentenced to death in North Carolina in 2012! You can read about it in this News & Observer article – No one sentenced to death in North Carolina this year