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The Crime Victim's Rights Act, P.A. 87 of 1985, as amended, provides certain rights to victims of crimes. The prosecuting attorney is required by law to inform the victim of his or her rights under the terms of the Crime Victim's Rights Act during the pre-conviction process.
Victims are required to be notified and consulted during the various steps of the criminal justice process. The victim can also submit a written or oral impact statement to the probation officer preparing the presentence investigation report.
In accordance with the act, the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), upon the written request of a victim, must provide notification to victims regarding a prisoner's status during their incarceration.
An individual who suffers direct or threatened physical, financial or emotional harm as a result of the commission of a crime is considered a "victim." Other persons such as the spouse, child, parent, sibling, grandparent or guardian may also qualify as a victim if the victim is deceased or is physically unable to exercise the privileges and rights of the victim under the Crime Victim's Rights Act.
Under special circumstances, individuals that do not qualify under the definition of a "victim," may receive some notifications outlined in the Crime Victim Rights Act. You may contact the MDOC Crime Victim Notification Unit at 517-373-4467 or toll free at 877-886-5401 to determine if you qualify.
You may request notification by completing a MDOC Crime Victim Notification Form.
Yes. Victim names and addresses are exempt from disclosure under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act.