VICTIMS' RIGHTS DIGEST 101:
an anthology of global news & media affecting crime victims
Webinar: Incapacitated & Deceased Victims Have Rights, Too; But What Are They?
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
12:00-1:15 PM Pacific Time
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The proposed law will see victims kept informed about their case and courts will allow most to provide a personal impact statement. Separate plans will see a victims' information service set up next March and provide additional protections for child-victims.
Specialized software, some of it free, can now be used in some jurisdictions to create composite sketches traditionally drawn by artists affiliated with law enforcement.
Huntsville-based non-profit organization First Stop is working with Huntsville's homeless population, encouraging them to seek help when they are a victim of a crime. First Stop's four case managers are working to provide assistance to homeless crime victims to prevent tragedies like the death of Mark Pridmore, who died from injuries sustained from being beaten by a young man earlier this month, in the future.
Six months after computer problems dissolved the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board's entire victim database, officials say the information has been recovered and they're taking steps to ensure victims are notified before hearings. However, officials at management and enterprises services, which provides technical support to state agencies, say they weren't contacted by the parole board until May 15. The victim information database was recovered within a few hours by management and enterprises services, but it's unknown how many crime victims missed notifications about hearings while the database was down.
Law enforcement and members of victim assistance programs were honored by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin at an annual awards ceremony, held this year on Tuesday September 16 at The Resort at Glade Springs. Goodwin said the work the awardees do is "critical," and gave plaques and certificates to outstanding individuals, programs and services.
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Seniors vs. Crime, a free-to-the-public special project of the Florida Office of the Attorney General, prevents fraud against seniors through education and identifies defendants through investigation. Seniors vs. Crimes investigates a wide range of complaints including those against car dealerships, contractors, telemarketers, and caregivers. Although the volunteers don't make arrests, they have the full backing of the Office of the Attorney General and their research is often used to build criminal and civil cases. More than 3,000 Senior Sleuths volunteer throughout the state, serving as the "eyes and ears" of the attorney general's office, according to the office's website.
Unpaid restitution is rising in Outagamie County, Wisconsin. The running total, dating back to 1979, is $3,526,749, said the financial operations manager for the county's clerk of courts office. The amount owed to victims involves more than 1,000 cases. The problem of unpaid restitution is a statewide concern, said the director of the Office of Crime Victim Services for the Wisconsin Department of Justice. Victim-witness coordinators are urging the state to make collection of restitution a statewide priority.
Images of a woman with a black eye, a man lying beaten, and information -- in English and Spanish -- about the California Victim Compensation Program are on display inside BART trains, on AC Transit buses, traveling from just north of Richmond to Castro Valley and on San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency buses and trains until the end of September. Program coordinators hope the campaign will help close the gap between the high number of reported violent crimes and the low number of compensation applications submitted for assistance.
National/International - Victims Legal Counsel Office Offers Aid to Military Service Member-Victims
Established by Congress in October, 2013, the Victim's Legal Counsel Office (VLCO) provides legal guidance to military service members who have been the victim of a crime. In order to qualify for representation by the VLCO in court, the case must be tried in a military tribunal. However, VLCO will still be allowed to provide legal counsel to the client outside of court such as during police investigations. The VLCO has offices in each branch of the U.S. Armed Services and are located on the West Coast, East Coast and the Pacific.