Victimsí Rights

Victims of crimes have the following rights according to The Crime Victims Act of 1992.

 

 To receive basic information concerning the services available to victims of crime

 

 To be notified of actions and proceedings pertaining to their case

 

 To be accompanied at all public criminal proceedings by a family member, a victim advocate, or another person

 

 To make prior comment to the prosecutorís office on a potential reduction or dropping of any charging of a plea (in cases involving personal injury)

 

 To make prior comment on sentencing of defendant to include the submission of a written victim impact statement which shall be considered by the judge when determining the defendantís sentence

 

 To be restored, to the extent possible, to the pre-crime economic status through the provision of restitution, compensation as provided under the Crime Victimís Compensation Program, and the return of property seized as evidence when that evidence is no longer needed for prosecution

 

 In personal injury crimes where the offender is sentenced to a state correction facility, the opportunity to provide prior comment on and receive release decisions/immediate notice of an escape of an offender

 

 To receive notice when an offender is committed to a mental health facility form a state correctional institution and of the discharge, transfer, or escape of the offender

 

 To have assistance in the preparation of, submission of, and follow-up on claims made from Crime Victimís Compensation.

Victim/Witness Services of South Philadelphia, Inc.

1426 S. 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

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