Baltimore Sun. (2011). Death Penalty's Cruel Toll on the Victims. Baltimoresun.com. Web 24 May 2011. Retrieved from http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/editorial/bs-ed-death-penalty-20110227,0,884276.story
This editorial from the Baltimore Sun presents evidence that the death penalty, rather than providing closure, actually lengthens the burden on victims' families. Quotes from victims' families are provided.
Dieter, Richard C. (2006) New Jersey Death Penalty Study Commission. Web. 19 May 2011. Retrieved from http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/legislativepub/pubhear/dpsc071906.pdf
In his testimony before the New Jersey Death Penalty Study Commission, Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, provides three arguments against the death penalty -- lack of evidence on deterrence, risk of executing an innocent person, and inconsistent with standards of decency.