Last week, voters in three states chose to keep the death penalty, even in the face of progress on other criminal justice reforms. Though these losses pale in comparison to the longstanding and continuing momentum away from the death penalty in the U.S., they reveal just how much our nation struggles with how to respond to violence.
EJUSA’s Executive Director Shari Silberstein presents a path forward with a vision for justice in a column, “What the death penalty taught me about trauma, healing and justice,” published on Virgin.com.
“EJUSA’s campaign to end the death penalty has given us a unique experience changing the narrative around how we respond to the most extreme acts of violence. We’ve learned that the justice system will fail everyone unless it serves everyone.”
Please take a moment to read about EJUSA’s vision for a justice system that heals, and then share it with your friends on Facebook.
We will continue to work to transform the justice system from one that harms to one that heals: to end the death penalty, strengthen programs that help crime survivors address trauma and rebuild their lives, and promote trauma-informed responses to violence that can save lives and help heal communities. Thank you for being there with us.