Crime Victim Information

Crime Victim Information

Victim Compensation

The Michigan Crime Victim Compensation Act was initiated to give financial help to crime victims who are hurt or lose earnings or support because of the crime. Applications may be received from our office or

Crime Victim's Rights

Crime victims are entitled to be notified of their rights under the Crime Victim's Rights Act. These rights allow the victim to actively participate in the criminal justice process. Most of these rights are not automatic. You decide whether to take advantage of them by informing the proper government agency.

Your Rights:

Within 24 hours of your first contact with a police agency, that agency must give you the following information:

  • the availability of emergency and medical services,
  • the crime victim's compensation board's address and information on benefits,
  • the prosecuting attorney's address and phone number,
  • that agency's phone number to call for information regarding the investigation.

If the defendant threatens you or your family, the prosecutor can ask the court to revoke their bail.

Within days of the defendant's arraignment, the prosecutor's office shall give you:

  • a letter stating the defendant's charges,
  • a statement of the procedural steps in processing a criminal case,
  • suggested procedures if you are threatened,
  • suggested procedures if you are threatened,
  • information regarding your right to make a statement at sentencing.

Upon request, the prosecutor's office must notify you of any court proceedings and schedule changes.

Upon request, the prosecutor's office may consult with you regarding the disposition of the crime.

The statement may include an explanation of:

1) any physical, psychological, or emotional harm suffered by you;
2) any economic loss or property damage suffered by you;
3) the need for restitution and whether you have applied for or received compensation for your loss;
4) your recommendation for an appropriate sentence.

If a defendant is sentenced to the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC):

Prison Notification Request form, will need to be submitted by you in order to receive the following notifications:
* Defendant's earliest possible release date if sentenced to more than 90 days. This request can only be made once.
* Defendant's transfer or pending transfer to a minimum security facility and the facility's address.
* Defendant's release or pending release to a community placement.
* The defendant's escape.
* Your right to personally address or submit a written statement for consideration by the parole board 30 days before considering the defendant's release on parole.
* The parole board's decision.
* The defendant's release 90 days before discharge.
* A public hearing regarding a reprieve, commutation, or pardon by the Governor.
* The granting of a pardon, reprieve, or commutation.

Remember Many of your rights are only available at your request. If you choose to use these rights, you must notify the proper agency, and keep them advised of your current address and phone number to allow them to provide the rights you have requested.

If you have any questions after reading this call:
Kathleen Lindquist Victim Coordinator at 906-387-2117.