Oregon Department of Justice

History of Crime Victims' Rights Enforcement

The Crime Victims’ Rights Advisory Committee was established in 2005 to “…develop a coordinated plan so that within the Oregon criminal justice system, crime victims’ rights will be clearly and consistently understood by crime victims, and crime victims will have every opportunity to fully exercise their rights—every crime victim, every right, every case, every time.”

This group became the foundation of the Attorney General’s Task Force on Victims’ Rights Enforcement created in 2009 through Senate Bill 233.

SB 233 – SECTION 20.(5) The task force shall prepare reports that may include recommendations for legislation designed to improve, in a cost-efficient manner, the protection of rights granted to victims of crime by the Oregon Constitution. The task force shall submit a report to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives no later than:

(a) January 1, 2011; and

(b) January 1, 2013.

The term of appointment to the Task Force on Victims’ Rights Enforcement runs through June 30, 2013.

Duties and Responsibilities of Members

  1. Attend and participate in quarterly meetings.

  2. Provide guidance and feedback for the subcommittees

  3. Report back to your constituent group

  4. Provide constituent feedback to the Task Force

  5. Actively participate in one or more subcommittees.

  6. Recruit staff members or constituent members to serve on subcommittees

Subcommittees and Workgroups

  1. Noncompliance Response - To develop ways to report, review, and resolve noncompliance of crime victims’ rights through a non-judicial model. Chair, Doug Hansen, DDA, Marion County

  2. System Practices - To ensure that victims’ rights will be clearly and consistently understood by crime victims and that crime victims have every opportunity to fully exercise their rights through a best practices model. Chair, Brad Berry, DA, Yamhill County

  3. Training - To develop a comprehensive and viable plan for implementation and enforcement of victims’ rights through a fully accessible training design. Chair, Dan Brown, Chief of Police, Amity

  4. Research and Evaluation - To measure the implementation of and compliance with crime victims’ rights in the justice system through on-going data collection and evaluation. Chair, Karen Cellarius

  5. Restitution Reform - To identify and recommend models of restitution assessment, collection, and distribution for system improvement. Chair, Fred Boss, Division Administrator, DOJ Civil Enforcement Division

  6. Victim Awareness - To ensure that crime victims’ rights are clearly and consistently understood by all victims of crime and to identify means of communicating these rights throughout the state. Chair, Darcey Baker, Board of Parole & Post Prison Supervision

  7. Immigrant Crime Victims’ Rights - To ensure that foreign born victims of crime are informed of their rights and to identify areas for improvement in system practices. Chair, Chanpone Sinlapasai

  8. Juvenile Justice - To identify crime victims’ rights in the juvenile justice system, develop a best practices model for implementation, and create a training model for sustainability. Chair is open