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Victims' Rights

Our Victim Services Coordinator serves as the liaison between the U.S. Attorney's Office staff and the public on issues relating to victims and witnesses. The program provides information, training and guidance on Department priorities and initiatives in the areas of victims' services, victims' rights, witness management and resources.

In 2015, the Justice for All Act was updated. The updated Act added supplemental rights for crime victims and enhanced rights already in existence. Crime victims have the following rights under Federal law:

  • The right to be reasonably protected from the accused.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The right to be reasonably heard at any public proceeding in the district court involving release, plea, sentencing, or any parole proceeding.
  • The reasonable right to confer with the attorney for the Government in the case.
  • The right to full and timely restitution as provided in law.
  • The right to proceedings free from unreasonable delay.
  • The right to be treated with fairness and with respect for the victim's dignity and privacy.
  • The right to be informed in a timely manner of any plea bargain or deferred prosecution agreement.
  • The right to be informed of the rights under this section and the services described in section 503(c) of the Victims' Rights and Restitution Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 10607(c)) and provided contact information for the Office of the Victims' Rights Ombudsman of the Department of Justice.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

If you have any questions please contact Gale James at (401) 709-5023.

If you feel an employee of the Department of Justice has failed to provide you with your rights as a victim as stated in the Crime Victims' Rights Act of 2004 we encourage you to file a complaint with this Office or with the Office of the Victims' Rights Ombudsman, who will forward your complaint to the office that is the subject of your complaint. Complaint forms in English and Spanish are available below.

 

 

Updated July 18, 2016