VOCAL Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Being a Voice for Victims


By Ellis Eskew

For the past 30 years, victims of crimes have had a voice in the judicial system.

That's thanks to an organization called VOCAL. It stands for Victims of Crimes and Leniency.

Thursday night the group celebrated its 30th anniversary at the capital city club in downtown montgomery.

Former director Miriam Shehane's daughter was abducted, raped and killed 36 years ago.

Shehane says one of the three men who killed her will have a parole hearing next year.

"When it's your parole hearing it's like you are at square one all over again because you don't know if they are going to parole them or not. And you say "surely not," but you don't know that. It's like it just happened yesterday," said Shehane.

VOCAL is for all victims, not just those affected by homicide .

If you would like to find out more information, call 1-800-239-3219.


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