TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - From violence to healing, one church is recognizing World Day Against the Death Penalty through education.
First Unitarian Universalist Congregation devoted its Sunday service to bringing awareness.
They presented two speakers with the organization, Journey of Hope.
Bud Welch is remembering his daughter, Julie and her killer, Timothy McVeigh, a man put to death in Terre Haute for the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.
"June 11, 2001, we took Tim McVeigh from his cage on the south side of Terre Haute and we killed him,” said Welch.
12 years later and now, Welch is traveling with Journey of Hope, an organization against capital punishment.
It's led by murder victim's families, focused on alternatives to the death penalty.
Randy Steidl is also part of the program.
Steidl was wrongfully convicted and then exonerated of a double murder in Paris, Illinois.
Both men are against the death penalty.
"Life without parole is a far harsher sentence than the death penalty,” said Steidl.
For Welch, McVeigh's death gave him no comfort in his loss.
"There was nothing about that process that brought me any peace or made me feel good. It actually re-victimized me,” said Welch.
And Steidl believes one innocent life lost is not worth 10 guilty people executed.
"Life without parole is a miserable existence but at least you don't risk the possibility of executing an innocent person,” said Steidl.
Steidl said an execution costs 10 times more than a life sentence and a life-long cage is a far worse punishment than the freedom of death.
"There's a better way than putting people to death in this country,” said Steidl.
For more information about the Journey of Hope or about the death penalty, check out their website.
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