Ceremony to Commemorate National Crime Victim’s Rights Week

parsippany newspaper

fredric-knappActing Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office will recognize 2014 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (April 6-12) with a Recognition and Remembrance Ceremony. The ceremony, honoring victims and advocates of victims’ rights, will take place on Monday, April 7 at 11:00 a.m. in the Freeholder’s Public Meeting Room, 5th Floor, in the County Administration and Records Building on Court Street in Morristown.

This year the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is honored to have as its keynote speaker for the ceremony Honorable BettyLou DeCroce, Assemblywoman from the 26th Legislative District.  Assemblywoman DeCroce and her late husband, Alex DeCroce, have always been in the forefront of the Victims’ Rights movement. Alex sponsored Victims’ Rights legislation which was enacted into law in his name last year.

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 2014 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is “30 years: Restoring the Balance of Justice.”

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 Victim Witness Unit at 973-285-6210 or e-mail VW@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.