In 2001, death row inmates developed Compassion  in response to a suggestion by Siddique Abdullah Hasan, who was on Ohio’s death row. Through his lawyer, Hasan connected with Fred Moor of St. Rose Parish, who agreed to oversee publication. Death row inmates from around the country collaborated to establish the non-profit organization.


Prisoners donate their works of art, which when sold, help to fund college scholarships for family members of murdered victims. In addition, a portion of all donations helps to fund this initiative. To date, over $60,000 in scholarships have been awarded to individuals from around the country.

United Kingdom Victims…

SAMM provides a wide range of peer support services to people bereaved by murder and manslaughter. There is no time limit on becoming a member. Our services are open to everyone, regardless of how long ago they were bereaved

We support close relatives as well as wider family members. Even if a loss has affected a bereaved friend, we will support them. As a national charity, our support services cover England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

We are independent and, therefore, not affiliated to any other charity where the SAMM name has been used. 

Our unique support services have been designed by the bereaved for the bereaved to meet a persons’ emotional support needs. All volunteers receive bespoke training and have been bereaved through homicide themselves. They have a unique understanding of what it’s like to be traumatically bereaved.