08 May

Arizona Commemorates National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Posted by on May 8, 2012

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer proclaimed April 22-28 to be Arizona Crime Victims’ Rights Week.  Arizona joins a nationwide effort to recognize individuals in communities throughout the country who advocate on behalf of crime victims and their families. The Governor’s proclamation was delivered at a luncheon ceremony held this week at the State Capitol.

Since the victims’ rights movement began more than thirty years ago, thirty-two states, including Arizona, now have constitutional amendments guaranteeing victims’ rights.  The movement helps victims address physical and emotional wounds, costly financial burdens, and the hostility they frequently endure throughout the criminal justice process.

“With this proclamation, I continue to ensure as one of my missions that Arizona has a criminal justice system that is focused on justice, public safety and the rights of crime victims.  I remain daily inspired to extend that vision to reach every victim throughout Arizona,” said Governor Brewer.

The ceremony at the State Capitol featured an address by noted victim advocate Heather Grossman, who survived an attempted murder by her ex-husband.  Today Heather serves as a consultant to the Office for Victims of Crime in the U.S. Department of Justice.

Frank Hinds, whose advocacy led to the enactment of “Jennifer’s Law” in Arizona, was honored with the Governor’s “Triumph over Tragedy” award.  “Jennifer’s Law” was named after Hinds’ 17-year-old daughter who was killed in 1997 by a motorist running a red light.  The law charges red light runners as criminals and provides for penalties which include jail, driver’s license suspension, community service and restitution to victims’ families.

The original article can be read  here.

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