Joan Dean: It's victims' families who get life term as State prioritises killers
The State invests heavily in prisoner rehabilitation while turning a blind eye to victims' families
Murder by its very nature is the most unnatural of crimes. Its impact is sudden and shocking, leaving bereaved families isolated, unsure who to turn to for advice and how to go back to their day-to-day lives.
There is a huge personal toll on families beyond the immediate loss of their loved one due to the trauma of the associated court cases and the damage to personal relationships, living arrangements and their working lives.