By Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation, Beaumont, Texas
Though the police have identified two suspects for my mom’s murder, they have never apprehended the men nor has anyone been held accountable for her murder. I am upset not only as my mother’s son but also for the community. When killers aren’t held accountable for their actions, the streets aren’t safe. Meanwhile, I watch the huge sums of money that are poured into the death penalty machine to execute less than 1 percent of those charged with capital murder. If we were to do away with the death penalty and reinvest those dollars into law enforcement for cold case resolution and victims’ services, 100 percent of the families of capital homicide victims would benefit.
Chris Castillo serves as the national outreach coordinator for Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation.