When the issue of criminal justice reform is brought up, it is always looked at from the vantage point of suspects, criminals and the falsely accused. The same energy isn’t given to victims or their families who live with the consequences of their actions. Yes, there are people in prison who do not deserve to be there, and yes they need to be free. Periodt. There is no debate, that’s one side of the coin. But there are also victims and families, the majority of which are black who waited years, decades for justice… some still waiting for justice that will never come. There are victims and families that get minimal justice and are forced to watch the murderers of their loved ones go free, get slaps on the wrist, plea out or serve minimal time for violent offenses like murder only to get out and murder again.<br><br>We all have family members who’ve been railroaded, we also have family members who are victims of crime. “Reform” shouldn’t be about choosing one at the expense of the other.

When the issue of criminal justice reform is brought up, it is always looked at from the vantage point of suspects, criminals and the falsely accused. The same energy isn’t given to victims or their families who live with the consequences of their actions. Yes, there are people in prison who do not deserve to be there, and yes they need to be free. Periodt. There is no debate, that’s one side of the coin. But there are also victims and families, the majority of which are black who waited years, decades for justice… some still waiting for justice that will never come. There are victims and families that get minimal justice and are forced to watch the murderers of their loved ones go free, get slaps on the wrist, plea out or serve minimal time for violent offenses like murder only to get out and murder again.

We all have family members who’ve been railroaded, we also have family members who are victims of crime. “Reform” shouldn’t be about choosing one at the expense of the other.

St. Louis man charged with murder in double shooting has previous murder conviction

Cochee Hurn, 44, of St. Louis, is accused of shooting two men about 7:50 p.m. Tuesday following an argument in an alley. He was convicted of a previous murder charge

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