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‘Protecting Michigan Crime Victims Package’ receives committee hearing

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A set of bills geared toward survivors of crime received a hearing Tuesday before the Michigan House Judiciary Committee. Colin Jackson has more.

The four-bill package would expand crime victim’s services. It would allow the blurring of a survivor’s face during court proceedings and permit remote victim impact statements. House Judiciary Committee Chair Graham Filler says that’s important since courts have held some proceedings remotely during the pandemic.
 

“From a victim’s perspective, do you really want, after being victimized and then seeing the person who did this to you get convicted, do you always want to go into that room with the person who’s victimized you again? And I would argue that some of them do not.”

 
Another bill in the package would allow prosecutors or law enforcement to share a domestic or sexual abuse survivor’s contact information with service providers.
 
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— Colin Jackson is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org

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