HB 2379 Crime victim rights.
Brian J. Moran | all patrons    ...    notes
| add to my profiles
history

Summary as passed:
Crime victim rights. Adds a child's foster parents or other custodians to the definition of "victim" in the Crime Victim and Witness Rights Act for purposes of allowing victim input for sentencing. Persons defined as victims have the right to certain notifications, to be consulted about plea agreements in felony cases, to remain in the courtroom, to submit a victim impact statement and to testify at a sentencing hearing. The bill does not affect the current law definition of victim under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund and would not entitle foster parents to compensation. This bill arises out of an Alexandria case where a foster mother was unable to testify at the sentencing hearing of the man convicted of killing her foster daughter. As introduced, this bill was a recommendation of the Crime Commission and is identical to SB 1162.


Summary as passed House:
Crime victim rights. Adds a child's foster parents or other custodians to the definition of "victim" in the Crime Victim and Witness Rights Act for purposes of allowing victim input for sentencing. Persons defined as victims have the right to certain notifications, to be consulted about plea agreements in felony cases, to remain in the courtroom, to submit a victim impact statement and to testify at a sentencing hearing. The bill does not affect the current law definition of victim under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund and would not entitle foster parents to compensation. This bill arises out of an Alexandria case where a foster mother was unable to testify at the sentencing hearing of the man convicted of killing her foster daughter. As introduced, this bill was a recommendation of the Crime Commission and is identical to SB 1162.


Summary as introduced:
Crime victim rights. Adds a child's foster parents or other custodians to the definition of "victim" in the Crime Victim and Witness Rights Act. Persons defined as victims have the right to certain notifications, to be consulted about plea agreements in felony cases, to remain in the courtroom, to submit a victim impact statement and to testify at a sentencing hearing. The bill does not affect the current law definition of victim under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund and would not entitle foster parents to compensation. This bill arises out of an Alexandria case where a foster mother was unable to testify at the sentencing hearing of the man convicted of killing her foster daughter. This bill is a recommendation of the Crime Commission.