Posted May 18, 2007



Guidebook cover  Victims' Rights Law in the States

As the result of state legislative actions, crime victims now have more rights than ever before. The information contained in the tables, charts and individual state summaries describes laws related to crime victims' rights in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa through 2004.  Copies of this guidebook are no longer available.  For questions, contact Sarah Brown at (303) 364-7700 ext. 1361 or

Preparation of this guidebook was supported by Grant No. 2002-VF-GX-0006, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions expressed in this guidebook are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

The Office for Victims of Crime is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

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