National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is this week, April 18-24.
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:
- 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.
Marsy’s Law for States and Victim Notifications
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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