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The William Van Regenmorter Crime Victim’s Rights Act. P.A. 87 of 1985, as amended, provides certain rights to victims of crime. Crime victims, as defined by law, shall have the right to be treated with fairness and respect for their dignity and privacy throughout the criminal justice process and the right to information about the conviction, sentence, imprisonment, and release of the accused. The victim also has the right to restitution.
An individual who suffers direct or threatened physical, financial or emotional harm as a result of the commission of a crime is considered a "victim." Spouses, children, parents, siblings, grandparents or guardians may also qualify as a victim if the victim is deceased or is physically unable to exercise their privileges and rights as a victim.
Individuals who do not qualify under the definition or a "victim," may receive some notifications. You may also submit correspondence to the parole board for their review prior to the parole consideration process to express your concerns.
You may request notification by completing a MDOC Crime Victim Notification Request form available from the Prosecuting Attorney, contacting CVS, or the MDOC victim services website link.
Crime Victim Services is proud to offer the following services:
Yes, if you are:
Injury-related expenses that a person must legally pay and other eligible losses that can be provided with supporting papers and other evidence.
For the injured person:
For a survivor:
A person must have at least $200 in out-of-pocket expenses or two continuous weeks' loss of earnings or support. These limits are excused for retired or disabled persons and for emergency room medical exams of rape victims
Crime Victims Compensation always pays last. All other public funds and private insurance payments that a person is eligible for or becomes eligible for must be paid and reported to the program before compensation can be considered.
Applications are available from the commission's office, county prosecuting attorneys, victim assistance agencies, state police posts, and other agencies and care providers. Send the fully completed application to:Crime Victim Services Commission320 S WalnutLansing, MI 48913Phone: 517-373-7373
You have 30 days to write to us to disagree. You may ask for a review of the file or a hearing before the commission in Lansing. The decision by the commission is final.
A person's papers and testimony before the commission are private. We may tell only whether a person's claim was approved or denied. Any other information will only be released by a court order.
Money to support this service is paid by criminal defendants convicted in Michigan's courts. The State also receives money to help crime victims from criminal fines collected in federal courts.
It's a crime to give false information to try to get money from the state. Many safeguards are in place to protect crime victim funds. We will forcefully pursue the arrest and conviction of anyone trying to cheat crime victims from the money the State of Michigan provides for them.
Call your Prosecuting Attorney's office. Some offices use a daily witness "hotline".