DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Aniah Blanchard was 19-years-old when she was last seen leaving a Chevron Gas station in Auburn, Alabama.
That was the last time she was seen alive.
Now, her family wants to help prevent any more un-needed deaths by proposing Aniah’s law to keep repeat offenders behind bars until their trial.
“Feel like something like this does give peace of mind to the families, and it does make them feel a sense of security when justice is or isn’t being done, they might have this to fall back on,” said Katy Lewis, outreach advocate of Wiregrass Angel House.
This bill could help make sure families do not have to go through the untimely death of a loved as much as Aniah’s, and many other families have as well.
Alabama Legislature needs to ensure that all people are treated fairly, everyone is innocent until proven guilty, and the families of victims can be appeased.
“We need to make sure we protect our victims in the state of Alabama and also give speedy trials to the defendants, but also make sure that we bring closure to crimes when they are committed,” said Rep. Dexter Grimsley, D-District 85.
The law was passed in Alabama State’s House Judiciary Committee earlier this week and is on the way to the House for a vote.