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Crime Victim's Rights Act

The Crime Victim's Rights Act, P.A. 87 of 1985, as amended, provides certain rights to victims of crimes. The prosecuting attorney is required by law to inform the victim of his or her rights under the terms of the Crime Victim's Rights Act during the pre-conviction process.

Victims are required to be notified and consulted during the various steps of the criminal justice process. The crime victim can also submit a written or oral impact statement to the probation officer preparing the pre-sentence investigation report.

In accordance with the act, the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), upon the written request of a victim, must provide notification to victims regarding a prisoner's status during their incarceration.

Who Is a Crime Victim?

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." Other persons such as the spouse, child, parent, sibling, grandparent or guardian may also qualify as a victim if the victim is deceased or is physically unable to exercise the privileges and rights of the victim under the Crime Victim's Rights Act.

Under special circumstances, individuals that do not qualify under the definition of a "victim" may receive some notifications outlined in the Crime Victim's Rights Act. You may contact MDOC Crime Victim Services at 517-373-4467 or toll free1-877-886-5401 to determine if you qualify.

How Do I Request Notifications?

You may request notification by completing a MDOC Crime Victim Notification Request Form.

Will My Name and Address Be Kept Confidential?

Yes. Crime victims' names and addresses are exempt from disclosure under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act.