I was in the gallery of the Connecticut House of Representatives on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 , with other victim family members, members of the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty, Equal Justice USA, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, the NAACP, a Connecticut exonoree, and other devoted abolitionists when the House passed the bill to repeal the death penalty. It was, without a doubt, one of the very best moments of my life. I was so proud to be a citizen of Connecticut.
The passage of the bill was due to the unrelenting work of many people, but I am most proud of the work of victim family members. Here in CT, more than 180 have made their voices heard, in one way or another. I know, firsthand, how very difficult it is to ‘go public’ with the story of our murdered loved-one. It seems that here in Connecticut, victim family members are another of the groups of abolitionists who have made a difference.
There is nothing that will ever remove the pain of our losses, but, for me the pain of doing this work has been greatly relieved by the passage of the repeal bill. It is my most fervent hope the passage of the bill has eased the pain of the abolition work for my dear friends and fellow victim family members.
The associated press published a piece yesterday about the work of victim family members in Connecticut: Victim’s Families Boost Conn Death Penalty Repeal