Thomasville Times Enterprise

Homepage

April 4, 2014

Crime victims ceremony slated Tuesday

THOMASVILLE — Thomas County will observe the 30th anniversary of the federal Victims of Crime Act with a Tuesday ceremony at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church parish hall.

The event is at 11:30 a.m. Refreshments and a light lunch will be served.

During the week of April 6-12, National Crimes Victims’ Rights Week will be observed in communities throughout the nation.

This years’ theme is “30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice.”

J. David Miller, Southern Judicial Circuit district attorney, said that when he joined the district attorney’s office in 1985, 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,” Miler explained.

Victims had no access to victim compensation or services to help rebuild their lives, he said.

“There were few avenues to deal with their emotional and physical wounds. Victims were pretty much left on their own to recover their health, security and dignity,” the district attorney said.

All states have made dramatic progress in securing rights, protection and services for victims.

In 1984, during the Reagan administration, congress passed the bipartisan Victims of Crime Act that created a national fund to ease victims’ suffering. The fund is financed not buy taxpayers but by fines and penalties paid by offenders.

For more information about the 2014 Crime Victims’ Rights Week and how to help victims in Thomas County, contact Gwen C. Williams, district attorney victim advocate, at 226-6141.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400m ext. 1820.



 

1
Text Only
Homepage
holloway

Damien Allan Holloway, 21, 1525 Summerhill Road, Lot 10, is charged with killing his nine-month-old daughter, Madelyn Brooke Holloway.

Local News
ch

People gather at the Thomas County Courthouse in this photo from the 1800s.

Calendar of events
Local Sports
Obituaries
Business Marquee
House Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Photos


Poll

Do you believe Israel's invasion of Gaza is justified?

Yes
No
     View Results
NDN Video
Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot