JACKSON, MI (WLNS) – Today, Attorney General Bill Schuette visited supporters of the criminal justice system during a fundraiser for Prosecutor Jerry Jarzynka. He touched on key points including victims rights.
The Attorney General marked this week, April 10th through the 16th as crime victim’s rights week. Wednesday, April 13th at 6pm there will be an annual vigil held at the Capitol Rotunda which is open to the public. According to crime statistics, last year more than 950 Michigan residents were victims of homicide or impaired driving in Michigan. Schuette believes he can provide a voice for the victims.
“It’s so important that we always know and never forget the victims of crime who’ve lost loved ones or have been assaulted or brutalized whether its human trafficking or home invasion or sometimes the death of a loved one or a family member. So, the prosecutor across the state of Michigan as Attorney General I’m a voice for victims that we honor, respect, and never forget the victims of crime,” said Schuette.
Michigan was one of the first states to implement crime victim’s rights. In 2011, the Attorney General created a watchdog group to provide further support for victims of crime.