Ceremony to commemorate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

morriscountyprosecutorActing Prosecutor Knapp announces ceremony to commemorate National Crime Victims’ Rights WeekActing Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office will recognize 2013 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (April 21-27) with a Recognition and Remembrance Ceremony. The ceremony, honoring victims and advocates of victims’ rights, will take place on Monday, April 22 at 12:00 noon in front of the County Administration and Records Building on Court Street in Morristown.

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week has been a time of national remembrance since 1981, an opportunity for communities, victims and their loved ones, and professionals serving victims to join together and reflect on the progress achieved in victims’ rights. The theme for 2013 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is “New Challenges * New Solutions”.

Thirty years ago, crime victims did not have rights, access to crime victim compensation, or services to help rebuild their lives. They were often excluded from courtrooms, treated as an afterthought by the criminal justice system, and denied an opportunity to speak at sentencing. Today, all states have enacted crime victims’ rights laws and established crime victims’ compensation funds.

Acting Prosecutor Knapp is proud of the outstanding team of capable and dedicated professionals in the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office who assist victims of crime and advocate on their behalf.

All are invited to join the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at the ceremony.  For more information or to RSVP, contact the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Community Affairs Unit at (973) 285-6268 or e-mail rsvp@co.morris.nj.us

Any inquiries regarding this press release can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor/SDAG Thomas Zelante at (973) 285-6252 or tzelante@co.morris.nj.us.

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