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DOC Observes 30th Anniversary of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections (DPS&C) will join agencies throughout the state and country by observing National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
(Baton Rouge)  The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections (DPS&C) will join agencies throughout the state and country by observing National Crime Victims’ Rights Week April 6 – 12, 2014, with several events planned to raise awareness of the pain and difficulty crime survivors and their families face even when the crime is solved. 

The Alexandria District Probation and Parole Office is co-sponsoring (with several other law enforcement agencies) the 1st Annual Victims’ Rights Walk on Saturday, April 5, 2014.  The event will promote victims’ rights and honor crime victims and survivors and those who advocate on their behalf.  Lineup starts near the Holocaust Memorial Park on 4th and Elliot Streets in Alexandria. 

DPS&C Headquarters will host a program on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Featured speakers for the program are Delise Holliday, whose sister was murdered in the workplace in 1996 and Debbie Durapau and Warren Federer, the parents of Kassie Lynn Federer, an LSU student who was found murdered in her apartment in 1999. 

Several correctional facilities will have programs to raise awareness of the impact crime has on families and communities across our state. 

Only 30 years ago, crime victims had virtually no rights and no assistance.  The criminal justice system often seemed indifferent to their needs.  Victims were commonly excluded from courtrooms and denied the chance to speak at sentencing.  While much has changed in Louisiana and across the country in the last three decades, there is still a need for victims to be heard. 

“The observance of Crime Victims’ Week in Louisiana and nationally is a small step in remembering the victims and the survivors of all crimes and the impact that crime has made on their lives,” said Gayle Cothell, Director of the Crime Victims Services Bureau at the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.  “It honors them and gives them a voice to know we care.” 

Crime survivors and family members of crime victims can register with the DPS&C Crime Victims Services Bureau for information about an individual who is currently serving a sentence.  The registration entitles a person to notification of certain actions of an offender while incarcerated.  Please visit www.doc.la.gov (Victims Services) for more information. 
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