The Relationship Between The Crime Victim and The Criminal Justice System

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Imagine, your life is perfect, in all its imperfections. You worked hard, through school, married with children, striving along towards goals, a mortgage, that fabulous house, and family reunions. Life is up and down, but your family is what makes all worthwhile. Hard times are family supported, laughter and tears, memories of past inspiring futures yet to come. Now, imagine in the wink of an eye, it is all gone, your wife raped and brutally murdered, your child found slaughtered in the yard, your husband, mother, father or sibling was tortured relentlessly for hours or days before finally dying, your life for all intent purposes is gone. There will never be healing, there will never be closure. All is lost forever. Nothing…show more content…
It is immoral to deny

victims’ rights over the rights of the killer. This belief is popularly held, as evidenced by a

survey cited by Frank Zimring, “that sixty percent of participants “agreed either strongly or

somewhat” that capital punishment brought closure to homicide families. (Zimmring in, ARMOUR, MARILYN PETERSON1, and MARK S.2, UMBREIT. "Assessing The Impact Of The Ultimate Penal Sanction On Homicide Survivors: A Two State Comparison." Marquette Law Review 96.1 (2012): 1-131. OmniFile Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson). Web. 22 Apr. 2014.)

In response, to argue the rights of the victim from the victim’s view, in what they deem to be

justice in the loss of their loved ones, in regards to the death penalty and its impact on homicide

survivor’s wellbeing. I support the victim’s ultimate right to choose the death penalty in lieu of

life without parole as a matter of justice.

Weather morally right or wrong, the survivors need an end to the trauma. There must be

an ending and a final closure that is the only compassionate avenue for survivors. Victims need

validation, retribution and closure. Although, proponents will argue that murder as punishment

for murder, lowers one’s self, to that of the murderer. I will argue that by ignoring the victim,

and placing continued emphasis on the criminal is a devaluing of the victim and ominously sends

a far more reaching and more damaging message to survivors
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