Shaquanda Cotton is Free!! All of the emails and letters to the city of Paris, TX and to the Governor’s Office paid off. Here is an excerpt from the Chicago Tribune
HOUSTON — Shaquanda Cotton, the black teenager in the small east Texas town of Paris whose prison sentence of up to 7 years for shoving a teacher’s aide sparked nationwide controversy, will be released Saturday morning, prison officials confirmed on Friday.
Her release, ordered by a special conservator appointed to overhaul the state’s scandal-ridden juvenile prison system, is the first of what could be hundreds as a panel of civil rights leaders begins reviewing the sentences of every youth incarcerated by the Texas Youth Commission to weed out those being held arbitrarily.
Some people say Civil Rights is an issue of the past. But this as well as many other cases prove otherwise. Systemic ooppression and racism is alive and well in certain parts of this country. Our criminal system in certain states are sub-par and still operate and function as descendants of the Jim Crow past.