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Alabama Crime Victims'
Compensation Commission
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Our law is unique in that it requires that our three-member Commission include a victim of violent crime who has suffered serious personal injury or is a member of such victim's immediate family or member of a deceased victim's immediate family if the deceased victim died as a result of the violent crime. This provision insures that each claim is viewed through the eye of a victim and is seen as objectively as possible.

The law also provides that one member be a law enforcement officer with a minimum of 10 years experience in or with a law enforcement agency which has among its primary duties and responsibilities the investigation of violent crimes. Again, a certain perspective lends itself to the decision making process.

Commissioner Holly Brown Owens

Holly Brown-Owens, Ph.D.

Dr. Holly Brown Owens is the Lead Biology Instructor for the Science Department at Wallace Community College in Selma, Alabama. Prior to coming to Alabama, Dr. Owens was a Physical Scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Charleston, South Carolina. While in South Carolina, she was afforded the opportunity to travel abroad on many occasions to present her research as well as meet with past Nobel Laureates in Germany to discuss the trends of minorities in Science. She received her Bachelors of Science in Biology from Stillman College and her Masters and Ph.D. from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.
Dr. Owens teaching interests include Anatomy and Physiology as well as Microbiology. She has assisted in designing new courses and associated learning outcomes for students. Her specific interest now focuses on increasing the retention rate of students at the community college.
Dr. Owens' work in Selma and Montgomery over the past decade has allowed her to work closely with many different young people in a variety of settings. She communicates directly with them about their needs while discovering ways to be most helpful.
Dr. Owens resides with her husband and three children in Montgomery, Alabama. In her free time, she enjoys working with the youth, watching a good movie, and spending time with her family.

Commissioner Holly Brown OwensSheriff Jay Jones

Sheriff Jones began his law-enforcement career with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in 1975 while a student at Auburn University.
His first work assignment was in the jail as a corrections officer/communications operator and was later appointed to a road position as a sworn deputy sheriff. He experienced all aspects of the operations of the Sheriff’s Office by moving up in the ranks through the years and was eventually appointed as the Sheriff’s Office Chief Investigator in command of the Investigations Division.
Sheriff Jones was first elected Lee County Sheriff in 1998 and is currently serving his fifth term. His educational background includes a BS degree from Auburn University in 1976 and a MS degree from Troy State University in 1980.
Sheriff Jones’ professional education and training includes the FBI National Academy (146th session), FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (58th session), National Sheriff’s Institute (Class 00-1), Southern Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (1999), and the United States Secret Service Dignitary Protection Seminar (2003). His professional affiliations include service as a governor’s appointee to the Advisory Committee on Women in Criminal Justice, the Alabama Crime Victim’s Compensation Commission, the Alabama Local Government Records Commission and the Alabama Peace Officers Annuity and Benefit Fund board.
He currently serves as a board member for the Lee County Youth Development Center,  the Bennie Adkins Foundation, the Opelika Chamber of Commerce and the Lee County Emergency Communications District. Sheriff Jones’ professional memberships include the FBI National Academy Associates, the Police Futurists International, the National Sheriff’s Association, the Alabama Sheriff’s Association, the Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, the Alabama Jail Association, the Alabama Peace Officers’ Association and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #21. Sheriff Jones’ civic involvement includes membership in the Auburn Rotary Club and the Bleecker Ruritan Club.
Along with his public safety duties Sheriff Jones has also served as an adjunct instructor of Criminal Justice at Auburn University and Southern Union Community College in Opelika, AL.

Commissioner Miriam Shehane

Miriam Shehane

Miriam Shehane was appointed to the original Commission in 1984 for a four-year term by Governor George Wallace and was re-appointed by Governor Guy Hunt in 1988. She served until 1992 and was re-appointed in July 1993 by Governor Jim Folsom, July 1998 by Governor Fob James and July 2001 by Gov. Siegelman. She is a former banker and has worked as the Victim Service Officer in the District Attorney's Office in Montgomery and as the Supervisor of the Attorney General's Office of Victim Assistance. Mrs. Shehane's dedication to the victims' movement in Alabama has been acknowledged throughout the nation where she has been asked to speak at national conferences on victims' issues. Mrs. Shehane was one of the founding members of VOCAL, Victims of Crime and Leniency, and has served on the Board since its inception in 1982. She found out about trauma of victimization first hand when her 21 year old daughter Quenette, was murdered in 1976 while enrolled at Birmingham Southern. Commissioner Shehane resides in Clio, Alabama.