violent crime

A defocused police car sits behind crime scene tape with flashing lights at night.

If Alabama wants to support crime victims, it should start by listening to us

BY: - December 1, 2023

My little brother Arthur Sturdivant, Jr. died by homicide on June 8, 2021. I was there when he went, lying in the street in Selma. Police arrested the man who shot him, but the ambulance arrived too late. Arthur was 21 years old. I was 25. Arthur left behind a family who loved him, including […]

The book "Killers of the Flower Moon" sitting on a shelf.

Oklahomans concerned contentious law impacts teaching of ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ history

BY: - October 23, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — With the release of the film “Killers of the Flower Moon,” questions still persist about Oklahoma schools’ ability to teach the historical events depicted in the film. The source of the uncertainty is House Bill 1775, a 2021 state law regulating classroom discussions on race and gender. Tribal leaders have called on […]

A group of people gathered on steps holding signs opposing the death penalty.

His mother was murdered. He wants Louisiana to spare her killer’s life.

BY: - August 16, 2023

In 1996, Shareef Cousin was 16. While his peers worried about prom and house chores, he was worried about being executed for a crime he didn’t commit. He spent three years as the youngest person on Louisiana’s death row before being freed. Cousin doesn’t say he was wrongfully convicted — he says he was framed. […]

A handcuffed pair of hands poking through a set of prison bars.

Alabama Appleseed report highlights experiences of violent crime victims

BY: - June 13, 2023

A criminal justice reform organization has published a report highlighting the trauma, tragedy, and experiences of victims of violent crime or their loved ones. In a report titled “Afterward,” published April 27, staff at Alabama Appleseed paint a portrait of people who have been victimized and their experiences with the criminal justice system. “Our goal […]