FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 12, 2016
| CONTACT: JOE ORLANDO
Honoring victims, survivors and those who protect their rights and serve their needs
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) observed National Crime Victims’ Rights Week today with a community event in Fremont Park, which included a ceremony and moment of silence to remember and honor victims, survivors and families affected by crime.
Of note, in 2015 a total of $22,124,109 was collected in victim restitution and fines from adult and juvenile offenders. Collected funds are transferred to the Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board for eventual disbursement to victims, as well as support of victim services programs statewide. Also last year, OVSRS staff assisted 2,062 victims and next-of-kin to attend their offender’s parole hearing process, either in person or via audio/video conferencing. In addition, OVSRS spent more than $80,000 to help more than 470 victims and families attend parole suitability hearings.
This year’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is observed from April 10 through April 16. For more information on other statewide events throughout the week, visit
www.cdcr.ca.gov/victim_services/docs/VictimsWk-calendar-2016.pdf. For more information on OVSRS, visit www.cdcr.ca.gov/Victim_Services/index.html.
For information about the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, please contact Albert Rivas, Deputy Chief, Office of External Affairs at (916) 324-6508 or by email at Albert.Rivas@cdcr.ca.gov