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Victim-Witness Assistance Program

The overall purpose of our Victim Witness Assistance Program is:

To enhance and protect the necessary role of crime victims within the federal criminal justice process and to afford them their rights under the Justice for All Act:

The Justice for All Act lists the following rights to all victims of federal crimes:

(1) The right to be reasonably protected from the accused.

(2) The right to reasonable, accurate and timely notice of any public court proceeding or any parole proceeding involving the crime, or of any release or escape of the accused.

(3) The right not to be excluded from any such public court proceeding, unless the court, after receiving clear and convincing evidence, determines that testimony by the victim would be materially altered if the victim heard other testimony at that proceeding.

(4) The right to be reasonably heard at any public proceeding in the district court involving release, plea, sentencing, or any parole proceeding.

(5) The reasonable right to confer with the attorney for the Government in the case.

(6) The right to full and timely restitution as provided in law.

(7) The right to proceedings free from unreasonable delay.

(8) The right to be treated with fairness and with respect for the victim’s dignity and privacy.

In addition to the rights that victims are entitled to, we routinely provide victims/witnesses with the following services:

Information on availability of compensation; availability of public and private programs which provide counseling, treatment, and other support; notice of the status of the investigation and the prosecution of the crime; notice of the opportunities for allocution to the presiding judge; prepaid transportation and lodging arrangements; secure waiting areas while at court proceedings; employer, educational, or creditor intercession/notification; child care assistance; and payment of forensic rape exams and other rights and services pertaining to notification, testing, and services for crime victims in sexual assault cases.

Toll-free telephone number for the Victim-Witness Coordinator:

(855) 552-1806

For current information regarding a particular case, contact the Victim-Witness Coordinator.

Complaint Form

Alleging Failure of Department of Justice Employee To Provide Rights to a Crime Victim under the Crime Victims' Act of 2004. Please download and complete the complaint form below and return to:

Criminal Chief - Justice For All Act Complaint
United States Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Mississippi
900 Jefferson Avenue
Oxford, MS 38655

You may find a complaint form at:

http://www.justice.gov/usao/eousa/vr/complaint_forms.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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