Community Voices

This is a forum for people in the community to share their views about the way the death penalty has affected them personally.  If you would like to submit an essay to this forum, please send an email to

Reflections on Love, Loss, and the Death Penalty

by Clifford O’Sullivan, Jr., Nashville, Tennessee

Victims of violent crime, children in particular, are rarely provided with meaningful opportunities to be heard. I, on the other hand, was placed on the stand when I could just barely see above the bar and across the gallery. I was asked to share my thoughts on my mother’s murder as well as what I considered to be the proper administration of justice.

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