Senate Bill 233 provides a legal framework for crime victims to go to court and enforce their constitutional rights.
Attorney General John Kroger today applauded the governor's signing of SB233, which protects the constitutional rights of crime victims.
"Crime victims have the right to be heard, the right to be consulted, the right to participate in the criminal justice system," Attorney General Kroger said. "SB233 gives them the right to go to court and make those promised rights a reality."
For a decade, crime victims have had constitutional rights. Last year, Oregon voters approved two constitutional amendments that gave crime victims the right to go to court to protect their rights.
SB 233 provides the necessary legal structure to implement the two constitutional amendments.
"This is a watershed moment in the victims' rights movement," said Steve Doell, president of Crime Victims United. "Now victims can go to court to enforce their rights."
"The signing of SB233 is a tremendous step for Oregon," added Meg Garvin, executive director of National Crime Victim Law Institute at Lewis & Clark Law School. "The law ensures that crime victims, the people who are most directly and personally affected by the crime, are afforded a voice in the process, and the ability to seek redress when their rights are denied. It also secures a place for Oregon as a national leader in the effort to afford victims the dignity and respect they are owed."
The bill was drafted by a broad coalition of criminal justice partners, victim advocates, legislators and legislative staff led by Cynthia Stinson, director of the Oregon Department of Justice's Crime Victims' Services Division, and her staff. The Crime Victims' Services Division provides direct assistance to victims of violent crime and distributes state and federal funds to non-profit and government victims' assistance programs throughout the state.
The mission of the Crime Victims' Services Division is to reduce the impact of crime on victims' lives by supporting statewide victim services programs, promoting victims' rights and providing victims access to information and resources in a compassionate, responsive and dedicated manner.
Attorney General John Kroger leads the Oregon Department of Justice. The Department's mission is to fight crime and fraud, protect the environment, improve child welfare, and defend the rights of all Oregonians.
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