Victims of crime deserve to be notified of criminal proceedings and of information about the conviction, sentencing, imprisonment, and release of the offender in their case. eCourtDate supports crime victims’ rights by simplifying the victim notification process for court systems on every level. With our system, victim notification messages can be set to trigger automatically based on qualifying events, like a parole hearing. Notifications can be sent by text, email, or phone, in the victim’s language.
Victim notifications can provide victims with information that will enable them to be present and heard at proceedings involving their cases, and can even keep them safe from re-victimization.
The Crime Victims’ Rights Acts, a part of the United States Justice for All Act of 2004, was named for 5 murder victims: Scott Campbell, Stephanie Roper, Wendy Preston, Lourana Gillis, and Nila Lynn. In each of their cases, their survivors waged brave campaigns to win rights for victims of crime.
The Act grants victims of federal crimes the following rights:
On our website, we talk about Marsy’s Law. Marsalee “Marsy” Nichols is another murder victim whose family has taken up the mantle of fighting for the rights of victims and their survivors. Six states have enacted Marsey’s Law, and is it proposed in eight more. Currently in the U.S., all states enumerate rights for those accused and convicted of crimes. Marsey’s law seeks to afford those same rights to the victims of the crimes as well.
In states where Marsy’s Law is in place, and everywhere, eCourtDate helps keep victims reasonably informed.
For more information about Marsy’s Law, check out the Marsy’s Law Website here.
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