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In the summer of 1981, the Attorney General's Task Force on Violent Crime recommended that each United States Attorney establish a Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (LECC). The bi-partisan Task Force included eight distinguished national criminal justice experts who closely examined federal, state, and local law enforcement needs. The recommendation to establish LECCs came as a direct result of the group's finding that local law enforcement cooperation was crucial, but that cooperation nationwide was uneven.
The Attorney General responded to the Task Force recommendations, and on July 21, 1981, issued an order instructing each United States Attorney to establish an LECC. Each committee has a U.S. Attorney's Office staff member as its coordinator. Today, all United States Attorneys' Offices have an LECC consisting of federal, state, and local agencies involved in district law enforcement. The goal of these committees is to improve cooperation and coordination among law enforcement groups, thereby enhancing the effectiveness of the criminal justice system. The LECC program has become a cornerstone of joint federal, state and local law enforcement efforts.
If you are a victim or a witness to a crime, the Victim-Witness Assistance Program is designed to provide you with services while you are involved with the criminal justice system.
As a victim of crime, you may be experiencing feelings of confusion, frustration, fear, and anger. Our staff can help you deal with these feelings. We also will explain your rights as a victim or witness, and help you better understand how the criminal justice system works.
One of the responsibilities of citizenship for those who have knowledge about the commission of a crime is to serve as witnesses at the criminal trial or one of the other hearings held in connection with the criminal prosecution. The federal criminal justice system cannot function without the participation of witnesses. The complete cooperation and truthful testimony of all witnesses are essential to the proper determination of guilt or innocence in a criminal case.
Our office is concerned that victims and witnesses of crime are treated fairly throughout their contact with the criminal justice system.
The United States Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney's Office have taken several steps to make the participation by victims of crime and witnesses more effective and meaningful. One of these steps is the preparation of this web section, which contains information related to our Victim-Witness Unit. We hope that it will provide you the answers to many of your questions and will give you sufficient general information to understand your rights and responsibilities.
- Crime Victims' Bill of Rights
- General Information for Victims & Witnesses
- Felony Cases
- Misdemeanor Cases
- 42 U.S.C. Section 10607. Services to victims
- Office of the Victims' Rights Ombudsman Web Site
- Complaint Forms
- Where to file a complaint in the Northern District of Illinois (Illinois, Northern)