If Alabama wants to support crime victims, it should start by listening to us
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 […]
Oklahomans concerned contentious law impacts teaching of ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ history
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 […]
His mother was murdered. He wants Louisiana to spare her killer’s life.
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. […]
Alabama Appleseed report highlights experiences of violent crime victims
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 […]