Law enforcement officials raise awareness on the human toll for crime victims

Each year law enforcement across the country set aside time to acknowledge those impacted by crime through observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. This year’s theme is “30 years: Restoring the Balance of Justice.”
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The goal of the designated week is to not only raise awareness, but also to ensure that crime victims are able to receive adequate support services, including assistance with collecting restitution and advocacy for working through the judicial process.

Emmet County Prosecutor James Linderman said when he started prosecution over 30 years ago, there were no victims rights law like there is now in the state of Michigan.

“What we wanna do is orient people to understand that if you become a victim of crime you have certain rights and we have people in the prosecutors office that are here to help you as best we can to get you through the process.”

Linderman said that crime victims shouldn’t have to face the physical, mental and financial devastation of a crime alone.

Last year Linderman’s office assisted over 1,000 victims.

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National Crime Victims’ Rights Week www.emmetcounty.org/prosecutor