Connecticut Victims’ Rights Panel to Begin Work

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A group of law enforcement experts and crime victims’ advocates is beginning a review of how crime victims are treated in Connecticut.

The Victims’ Rights Enforcement Advisory Commission has scheduled its first meeting for next Wednesday in Hartford. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy created the panel in April to review state policies, services and victims’ rights and to make recommendations by January regarding compliance with and enforcement of victims’ constitutional and statutory rights.

State Victim Advocate Garvin Ambrose says victims have many concerns about the criminal justice system, including whether criminal justice professionals adequately understand victims’ rights.

He says other concerns include failures to issue restitution orders for victims, lack of notice to victims about court proceedings and opportunities to address courts about plea bargains.

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