Justice for Some

Just who is a victim? After flexing its muscles to reform the justice system, the victims’ rights movement suffers growing pains over divisive issues.

Kate Lowenstein of Murder Victims For Reconciliation points out that her group and JFA concur on most issues, so she wonders why Clements can't just agree to disagree on capital punishment. Lowenstein says that testifying at a hearing for her father's killer was a horrible experience, and she understands the anger that drives Justice For All.

Clements has helped to reform the justice system as a JFA leader.
AP/Pat Sullivan
Clements has helped to reform the justice system as a JFA leader.
Cushing: A double standard exists over who's considered a victim.
Cushing: A double standard exists over who's considered a victim.

"We're not heroes or better people or anything like that," says Lowenstein. "How we're handling this isn't any better -- it's not the right way, but it's a way that needs to be respected."

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