Senior Program Officer for Criminal Justice at the Ford Foundation
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
"To me, the death penalty also is something else — a sad reminder of how our justice system typically offers punishment instead of healing for the survivors of violent crime…
For a growing number of victims of violence, the thought of honoring our loved ones by killing another human being is not only counter-intuitive, but abhorrent. Perhaps more than others, I understand acutely that an execution would just visit pain on another family.
Moreover, the death penalty typically brings the opposite of what survivors of crime most need: accountability, healing and closure…
The death penalty also keeps us stuck in an angry stage of grief. The death penalty requires all of us, victims and spectators alike, to actively summon feelings of hatred and contempt in order to justify the murder of another human being. I have felt all of those things at various times towards my sister’s killer…
While not all murder victim family members feel this way, many of us do. For all these reasons, I say to prosecutors who seek the death penalty: Not in my name."
"Death Penalty Punishes Survivors Like Me: Column," usatoday.com, Aug. 28, 2016
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Involvement and Affiliations:
Senior Program Officer, Criminal Justice, Ford Foundation
Distinguished Lecturer, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Former Senior Consultant, Atlantic Philanthropies
Former Board of Education Member, Montclair Public Schools (Montclair, NJ)
Former Member, School Security Task Force, New Jersey School Boards Association
Former Program Development Consultant, American Civil Liberties Union
Former Program Development Consultant, Ford Foundation
Former Program Development Consultant, NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Former Program Development Consultant, Open Society Foundations
Former Program Manager, US Human Rights Fund
Former Director of Criminal Justice Programs, Open Society Institute
Former Clerk, the Honorable Pierre N. Leval, US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit