Governor Quinn signs laws to help crime victims

By WEEK Reporter

Governor Quinn signs laws to help crime victims

July 16, 2012 Updated Jul 16, 2012 at 11:34 AM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill -- Governor Pat Quinn signed a three laws Monday designed to increase assistance for crime victims and their families.

Quinn says that the three measures signed today will strengthen crime victims' rights, ensure that victims know their rights under Illinois law, and simplify the process for awarding victim compensation in Illinois.

"As we continue working to reduce crime in Illinois, we want to ensure that any victim of a crime has the support they need," Quinn said.  "These measures will help victims receive emotional and financial peace of mind while recovering from a crime."

House Bill 5187 requires law enforcement to provide a written copy of victims rights within 48 hours of their first contact.  The law also requires these rights to be posted outside of any criminal courtroom in Illinois.

Senate Bill 3693 is designed to boraden compenstion for victims and their families by providding for spousal counseling services, adding affitional violent crimes that could be eligible for restitution and authorizing payments to non-family or non-immediate family memebers who make initial payments for medical care and other expenses.

HB 5187 and SB 3693 are set to take effect January 1, 2013.

Finally, Senate Bill 3602 is set to streamline the procedure for determining fund contributions to the Violent Crime Victims Assistance Fund by changing it to a percentage, to a flat fee.  SB 3602 takes effect immediately.

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