The Miriam Shehane Award is presented annually to a person whose work is outstanding and exceptional for victim’s rights. Over the years, the nominees have included persons in law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, senators, and representatives. Miriam Shehane has become a strong voice for thousands of families who were too devastated and too frightened to stand alone. Victims of Crime and Leniency (VOCAL) says this year’s recipient has consistently supported victims and victim’s rights through advocacy by introducing and supporting passage of laws for the benefit of victims in Alabama.
VOCAL says that no person speaks for victims with greater passion and concern than this year’s recipient. They say his strong sense of duty to protect the interest of victims and their families in the Alabama Legislature is shown in his voting for laws to protect victims of crime. This year’s Miriam Shehane Award recipient was none other than State Representative Billy Beasley of Clayton, who just happens to be my brother.
The selection process for this award works like this: Nominations from victims and folks who work in law enforcement from across the State of Alabama are sent to VOCAL, reviewed by the Board of Directors, and then narrowed down to three finalists, each of whom was said to be deserving of recognition. Billy was the winner and we are all very proud of him.
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