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Community Services Building
1627 23rd Avenue
Meridian, Mississippi 39301
P.O. Box 5331
Meridian, Mississippi 39302
Abby Miller, LMSW
Electronic Victim Resource Packet
For Law Enforcement:
Section 26(a) of the Mississippi Constitution states:
“Victims of crime, as defined by law, shall have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect throughout the criminal justice process; and to be informed, present and heard, when authorized by law, during public hearings.”
Summary of the Mississippi Crime Victims' Bill of Rights
The law enforcement officer assigned to your case will give you a packet of information telling you about:
- The availability of emergency and crisis services;
- Crime Victim Compensation Division services and benefits;
- Contact information of the law enforcement officer and agency assigned to your case;
- The steps involved in prosecuting a criminal case;
- The rights of crime victims authorized by the Mississippi Constitution; and
- The contact information of the prosecuting attorney.
The law enforcement officer will also provide you with a form to invoke your rights (Request to Exercise Victims’ Rights form). By completing, signing and mailing the form (See Request to Exercise Bill of Rights) to the appropriate law enforcement agency and/or prosecuting attorney and/or office, you are asserting the following rights:
- To receive a copy of the initial incident report at no cost
- To be notified of all charges filed against any person for the crime committed against you
- To be notified of any criminal proceedings, other than initial appearance, as soon as practical, and to any changes that may occur
- To talk with the prosecutor prior to the final disposition of your case, including giving your views on any “nol pros” (dismissal), reduction of charge, sentence recommendation, and pre-trial diversion programs
- To talk with the prosecutor prior to the beginning of the trial
- To receive a transcript of the trial, at your own cost
- To have the trial held without unreasonable delay
- To be present throughout all criminal proceedings, including any hearings, arguments or other matters scheduled by and held before a judge, but not including lineups, grand jury hearings or any other matter not held in the presence of a judge
- To be provided a waiting area at trial separate from the defendant, his relatives and his witnesses (if an area is available and the use of the area is practical)
- To have the prosecutor petition the court that you or any other witness not be compelled to testify at any pre-trial proceeding or at trial to any facts concerning your identity, residence or place of employment that could put you in danger if you have been threatened with physical violence or intimidated by the defendant or anyone connected with him/her
- To be present at any proceeding where the defendant is going to enter a guilty plea and be sentenced
- To be given the date of a conviction, acquittal or dismissal of the charges
- To be given, after a conviction, information about the function of a pre-sentence report and the name, address and telephone number of the probation officer preparing this report for the judge and about the right of the defendant to view the pre-sentence report
- To make an oral or written impact statement to the probation officer preparing the pre-sentence report for the judge
- To be present at sentencing and to give the judge an impact statement or any information that concerns the criminal offense or the sentence
- To be informed as soon as practicable of the sentence imposed on the defendant
- To be given the names, addresses and telephone numbers of the appropriate agencies and departments to whom further requests for notice should be provided
- To be given the Attorney General’s Office or the District Attorney, information about the status of any appellate proceeding and any appellate decisions within five (5) business days after the status is known or the decision issued
- To be notified upon any post arrest release of the defendant. Sexual assault or domestic violence victims are to be notified whether or not they have invoked their rights
- To be notified of any escape and subsequent recapture of the defendant
- To have any property belonging to you that was taken during the investigation returned as soon as possible
- To be notified within fifteen (15) days prior to the end of the sentence of the date the prisoner is to be released and to be notified of any medical release or death of the prisoner
- To be notified that you may submit a written statement, audio or video recording to be placed with the prisoner’s records and considered at any review for community status of the prisoner prior to release of the prisoner
- To be notified and allowed to submit a written or recorded statement when any change in custodial status is considered, whether such action be by executive order or judicial action
- To testify at a criminal proceeding or participate in the preparation of the trial without any loss of employment, intimidation or threat or fear of the loss of employment
These rights do not include the right to direct the prosecution. The district, city or county attorney has the responsibility to prosecute criminal cases. They will decide how the case will be handled, but they will confer with you and will consider your wishes and needs. Additionally, the exercise of these rights is at your discretion. The absence of the victim at the proceeding will not prevent the court from going forward. The duty of the prosecutor is to make reasonable attempts to keep you informed. You must do your part by keeping the law enforcement agency and prosecutor informed of any change in your name, address or telephone number(s).
If you move to a new location to escape domestic violence, sexual abuse or stalking, the Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) can help keep your new address confidential. When you sign up for ACP, your first-class mail is sent to a secure substitute address and then forwarded to your new home. You can also use the substitute address for a variety of state and local government requirements such as:
- Getting a Mississippi Driver's License
- Registering to VOTE
- Enrolling your children into public school
MS AGO Brochures on Crimes of Interpersonal Violence
State and National Resources
The mission of ACADV is to create opportunities for freedom from domestic violence through advocacy, education and the promotion of social intolerance of abuse. ACADV provides training, technical assistance, public policy and development, and support to domestic violence center programs.
BWJP provides technical assistance and training to: advocates, civil attorneys, judges and related court personnel, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, probation officers, batterers intervention program staff, and defense attorneys; as well as to policymakers, the media, and victims, including incarcerated victims, and their families and friends. BWJP also assists tribal personnel who fulfill equivalent positions in their respective institutional responses to IPV.
Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line trains volunteers to support people in crisis. With over 4 million conversations to date, we’re growing quickly, but so is the need.
The first and largest online and mobile searchable directory of domestic violence programs and shelters in the U.S. and Canada, and a leading source of helpful tools and information for people experiencing and working to end domestic violence.
A coalition designed to increase public awareness and monitor legislation at the local, state, and national level regarding the tragedy of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation
FaithTrust Institute is a national, multifaith, multicultural training and education organization with global reach working to end sexual and domestic violence.
Through bystander intervention training, the Green Dot program engages witnesses to interrupt situations that are imminently or potentially high-risk for violence, increases self-efficacy and provides skill building and specific strategies to increase the likelihood that trained individuals will actually intervene.
1-hr, 90-minute virtual, and a 4 hour training is available as progressive learning opportunities. Care Lodge offers this training free of charge to the community.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)'s mission is to lead, mobilize and raise our voices to support efforts that demand a change of conditions that lead to domestic violence such as patriarchy, privilege, racism, sexism, and classism. We are dedicated to supporting survivors and holding offenders accountable and supporting advocates.
PO Box 18749
Denver, CO 80128-0749
National Youth Crisis Hotline
450 High Street
Jackson, MS 39205
PO Box 4703
Jackson, MS 39296
A nationally-based and free 24-hour hotline to connect victims of domestic violence to local safe shelters and supportive services.
800.799.SAFE (7233) or TDD (for the heading impaired): 800.787.3224
VINE is the nation’s leading victim notification network. It allows survivors, victims of crime, and other concerned citizens to access timely and reliable information about offenders or criminal cases in U.S. jails and prisons. **Register to receive automated notifications via email, text, or phone call, or check custody status information online at any time.
Project FORECAST is a unique educational experience that’s designed to help current and future child-serving professionals make better decisions in situations involving childhood trauma. This interactive training simulates real-world scenarios and can better prepare participants for the complex challenges of trauma-informed care. Care Lodge offers this training free of charge to the community.
The Stalking Prevention, Awareness, & Resource Center (SPARC) is a federally funded project providing education and resources about the crime of stalking. SPARC aims to enhance the response to stalking by educating the professionals tasked with keeping stalking victims safe and holding offenders accountable.
Law Enforcement Agencies Within the Care Lodge Service Area
The East Mississippi Hub connects volunteers and nonprofits with the resources they need to make a positive difference in our community.
The mission at United Way of East Mississippi is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of the community by giving, advocating, and volunteering.United Way of East Mississippi, serving Clarke, Kemper, Lauderdale, and Neshoba counties, supports 22 local partner agencies and 7 community impact programs.
Wesley House is a member of the National Children’s Alliance, Children’s Advocacy Centers of Mississippi, and the Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault. They provide a hand-up approach of assistance to our clients through four separate and distinct mission areas:
- East Mississippi Child Advocacy Center
- East Mississippi Sexual Assault Crisis Center
- Educational Services
- Christian Relief
Teen Dating Violence Resources
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