Victims’ Voices

In 2001 I lost my Dad and step-mom to a brutal murder.  When I went to the trials I continually heard how the death penalty was being sought to bring justice to the victims’ family, when in reality, my sister and I had specifically asked the prosecuting attorney to work towards life imprisonment.

To think that a person could be killed for my justice doesn’t align with my belief system and is a burden I carry.  The thought that another family would have to grieve this death for my justice is haunting.  The death penalty won’t honor my dad and step-mom, or bring any sort of healing.

Nobody wants to live in a violent community and those of us for and against the death penalty alike are against murders and innocent people being tried and charged for crimes they didn’t commit.  I believe that we, as a culture and a country, are smarter than the system we have in place.  I donate to VADP because they’re working hard to create a different sort of system- one that I believe would bring me more healing and peace.

– Linell Patterson, VADP Board Member


Read an excerpt from former VADP Board Member Dr. Scott Vollum’s book: Last Words and the Death Penalty: Voices of the Condemned and Their Co-Victims.  Buy it from here.

Journey of Hope…from Violence to Healing is an organization led by murder victim family members joined by death row family members, family members of the executed, the exonerated, and others with stories to tell, that conducts public education speaking tours and addresses alternatives to the death penalty.

Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation is a community led by family members of murder victims and the executed that advocates for the repeal of the death penalty.