Crime Victim Information
The Michigan Crime Victim Compensation Act was initiated to give financial help
to crime victims who are hurt or lose earnings or support because of the crime.
Applications may be received from our office or at
Crime Victim's Rights
Crime victims are entitled to be notified of their rights under the Crime
Victim's Rights Act. These rights allow the victim to actively participate in
the criminal justice process. Most of these rights are not automatic. You decide
whether to take advantage of them by informing the proper government agency.
Within 24 hours of your first contact with a police agency, that agency must
give you the following information:
1. the availability of emergency and medical services,
2. the crime victim's compensation board's address and information on
3. the prosecuting attorney's address and phone number,
4. that agency's phone number to call for information regarding the
If the defendant threatens you or your family, the prosecutor can ask the
court to revoke their bail.
Within days of the defendant's arraignment, the prosecutor's office shall
a) a letter stating the defendant's charges,
b) a statement of the procedural steps in processing a criminal case,
c) suggested procedures if you are threatened,
d) suggested procedures if you are threatened,
e) information regarding your right to make a statement at
Upon request, the prosecutor's office must notify you of any court
proceedings and schedule changes.
Upon request, the prosecutor's office may consult with you regarding the
disposition of the crime.
The statement may include an explanation of:
1) any physical, psychological, or emotional harm suffered by you;
2) any economic loss or property damage suffered by you;
3) the need for restitution and whether you have applied for or received
compensation for your loss;
4) your recommendation for an appropriate sentence.
If a defendant is sentenced to the Michigan Department of
Prison Notification Request form, will
need to be submitted by you in order to receive the following notifications:
* Defendant's earliest possible release date if sentenced to more than 90
days. This request can only be made once.
* Defendant's transfer or pending transfer to a minimum security facility
and the facility's address.
* Defendant's release or pending release to a community placement.
* The defendant's escape.
* Your right to personally address or submit a written statement for
consideration by the parole board 30 days before considering the defendant's
release on parole.
* The parole board's decision.
* The defendant's release 90 days before discharge.
* A public hearing regarding a reprieve, commutation, or pardon by the
* The granting of a pardon, reprieve, or commutation.
Remember Many of your rights are only available at your request. If you
choose to use these rights, you must notify the proper agency, and keep them
advised of your current address and phone number to allow them to provide the
rights you have requested.
If you have any questions after reading this call:
Kathleen Lindquist Victim Coordinator at 906-387-2117.