Victims and Citizens Against Crime
"Standing Up For The Rights Of The Victim"
"We are fed up with crime-and we're doing something about it."
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Just a few of VCAC's 1998 Accomplishments
Educated and supported individual crime victims, their survivors/friends and witnesses in their dealing with the criminal justice system and its agencies.
Operated referral support programs for victims.
VCAC nominees served on: Jefferson Parish Jail Committee; Orleans Parish Criminal Justice Coordinating Council; Louisiana's Indigent Defender Board (Cost Containment Committee); Pardon Board; Crime Victims Reparations Board; Parole Board; La. Commission on Law Enforcement, plus numerous other boards/commissions.
Produced a two hour weekly radio show on WSMB-1350AM every Saturday.
VCAC was appointed as one of five members to the Jefferson Parish Local Law Enforcement Block Grants Advisory Board.
VCAC was appointed as one of twenty members to the American Correctional Association's National Victims Committee, the National Restorative Justice Committee and the Children's Initiative Committee.
VCAC was appointed to the Advisory Board of the La. Department of Public Safety and Corrections - Crime Victims Services Bureau.
Successfully lobbied legislature to fund the Victim/Witness Assistance Coordinators program that was created by VCAC. Funding ensures that all 41 La. judicial districts continue to have coordinators to assist victims and witnesses in Fiscal Year 98-99.
Monitored: Thousands of parole board cases and the voting records of all board members.
Successfully lobbied legislature to fund Tulane University's "Project Return" that rehabilitates worthy convicts after their release from prison.
Monitored: All pardon board cases and the voting records of all board members
Assisted, addressed and educated many business, civic, social, senior citizen and homeowner organizations.
Maintained a "Court Watchers" program among other programs for the 7th year.
Educated legislators by testifying before local and state legislative bodies. This policy caused many positive and major changes to local/state criminal justice systems, their ordinances/statutes and their agencies.
Some of VCAC's 1997 Accomplishments
Continued educating and supporting individual crime victims, their survivors/friends/witnesses in their dealings with the criminal justice agencies/system.
Operated referral services and a support program for victims.
VCAC served on: Jefferson Parish Jail Committee; Orleans Parish Criminal Justice Coordinating Council; Louisiana's Indigent Defender Board-Cost Containment Committee; Pardon Board; Crime Victims Reparations Board; Parole Board; Commission-on-Law Enforcement and numerous other boards/commissions.
Uncovered a major unintentional error in the Louisiana Department of Corrections regulations that allowed certain violent criminals to be classified as non-violent and possibly to have served less time. Error corrected as a result.
Uncovered that the Division of Probation and Parole was unintentionally failing to notify local authorities when convicts were going into the public to participate in work release programs. Error corrected as a result.
Uncovered that no law enforcement agencies in Louisiana had requested, as required by statute, to be informed when parolees were being released to their areas. Agencies requested to do so. Outcome incomplete.
Uncovered and exposed the illegal operations of both the pardon board and parole board and brought about major changes in their operations. The Louisiana Inspector General investigated and made reports as a result of VCAC's exposures.
VCAC served on a five person committee appointed to recommend changes to the operations of the parole board. An operating manual was created including an ethics policy, grievance procedures, mission statement, etc. Adoption pending.
Convinced Gov. Foster to fund the Victim/Witness Assistance Coordinator program that was drafted by VCAC/ District Attorneys Assn. Funding ensures that all 41 judicial districts have coordinators to assist victims.
Monitored: Thousands of parole board cases; the voting records of board members in work release, boot camp, parole and revocation cases.
Monitored: Thousands of pardon board cases; the voting records of board members in pardon, clemency and commutation cases.
Educated, assisted and addressed many business, civic, social, senior citizen, homeowner organizations, etc.
Maintained, for the 6th year, a "Court Watchers" program.
Educated by testifying before local and state legislators. This education policy caused many positive, major changes to local/state criminal justice systems and/or their ordinances/statutes. Some examples are as follows:
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