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Death Penalty and Mental Illness: Families of Victims Speak out at National Convention; 'Double Tragedies' Report Released
Date:7/6/2009

The report identifies an "intersection" of family concerns and makes four basic recommendations:

  • Ban the death penalty for people with severe mental illnesses.
  • Reform the mental health care system to focus on treatment.
  • Recognize the needs of families of murder victims through rights to information and participation in criminal or mental health proceedings.
  • Families of executed persons also should be recognized as victims and given the assistance due to any victims of traumatic loss.

At least 100 people with mental illness have been put to death in the United States and hundreds more are awaiting execution.

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