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