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In the Shadow of DeathRestorative Justice and Death Row Families$
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Elizabeth Beck, Sarah Britto, and Arlene Andrews

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195179415

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179415.001.0001

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Organizing for Abolition

Organizing for Abolition

(p.157) 9 Organizing for Abolition
In the Shadow of Death

Elizabeth Beck

Sarah Britto

Arlene Andrews

Oxford University Press

A key component to restorative justice and trauma-healing involves empowerment. This chapter explores the advocacy efforts of death row family members either in the death penalty abolition movement or in local efforts to extend rights to their loved ones on death row. It explores family members' entrance into activism, often for the first time, and the role it has played in the healing process. For many family members, their activism often resulted in their meeting and forming relationships with individuals who have lost loved ones to homicide. These encounters are highlighted, as are a number of organizations that facilitate dialogue, including Murder Victims' Families for Human Rights, an organization comprised of abolitionists who have lost a loved one to murder.

Keywords:   murders victims' families, human rights, empowerment, restorative justice, trauma-healing

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