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Crime victims bill advances in NJ Assembly

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CLIFFVIEW PILOT HAS IT FIRST: Bi-partisan legislation enhancing the rights of crime victims was unanimously approved by the Assembly Judiciary Committee in Trenton this morning.

“Crime victims deserve our empathy and our gratitude. They help bring criminals to justice so someone else doesn’t have to experience the same ordeal they have,” said Assemblyman Bob Schroeder, a co-sponsor of the bill.

“It’s a matter of human decency to make sure they receive all the rights and remedies they are entitled to,” Schroeder said.

The measure looks to:

  • Assure that victims are notified about the progress of their cases, including court calendar changes;
  • Protect them from harassment or abuse by defendants or their supporters;
  • Provide medical assistance for injuries related to the crime;
  • Guarantee compensation for losses sustained by the victim;
  • Require judges to give greater weight to a victim’s statement at sentencing;
  • Allow victims to display a picture or wear a button in support of a murdered loved one in court.

“Crime victims endure tremendous amounts of stress and suffering and don’t deserve additional burdens as their tormentors are brought to justice,” said the measure’s other co-sponsor, Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce. “Keeping victims informed, free from intimidation and fairly compensated treats them with the respect and dignity they deserve.”

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