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Victim Assistance Program

The Victim Assistance Program works only with crime victims and witnesses.

 

You can speak with the Victim Assistance Coordinator at the District Attorney’s office by calling (318) 513-6350, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30 A.M. until 4:30 P.M.

 

I suffered financially because of this crime.

If you are the victim of a personal injury, death or catastrophic property loss, have reported the crime to the appropriate law enforcement agency within 72 hours, and are cooperating with law enforcement and the District Attorney's office, you may qualify for financial assistance from the Crime Victims Reparation Board.


The Crime Victims Reparations Program

 

Crime Victims Reparations

318-251-5100 – Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office

 

Others Who Can Help

Sexual Assault Center

318-255-7273

Child Advocacy Center

318-255-7273

Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office
Non-Emergencies

318-251-5100

Ruston City Police Dept.
Non-Emergencies

318-255-4141

Grambling City Police Dept.
Non-Emergencies

318-247-3771

 


 

R.S. 46:1844 Crime Victims/Witness Rights

As victim, guardian of a victim, or close relative of a deceased victim you are entitled to the following rights within the criminal justice system:

  • The right to services and information concerning services available to victims and witnesses of a crime;

  • Advance notification to victim, or designated family member concerning judicial proceedings; and the right to be present;

  • The right to schedule a conference with the district attorney's office within reasonable time to obtain your view;

  • When requested, the victim/witness shall be assisted by the judicial agency in informing employers that the need for victim and witness cooperation in the prosecution of the case may necessitate absence of the victim or witness from work;

  • The notification of scheduling changes;

  • If properly registered with the clerk of the court, the victim or designated family member shall have the right to view and comment on the presentence or postsentence reports relating to the crime against the victim;

  • The victim shall have the right to a speedy disposition and prompt and final conclusion of the case after conviction and sentencing;

  • The victim and victim's family members shall have the right to make a written and oral victim impact statement subject to the limitations of relevance;
    The right to the prompt return of property to victim or family member when it is no longer needed as evidence;
    The right to seek restitution;

  • Notification of pardon or parole hearings;

  • The right to be informed, when requested, by a peace officer concerning the defendant's right to bail and the procedures in criminal investigations.