April 22, 2004(Key vote)
Title: Victims' Rights Bill
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that would define the rights of crime victims and establish procedures for the protection of these rights.
Defines the following rights of crime victims (Sec. 2):
To be reasonably protected from the accused;
To reasonable, accurate, and timely notice of, and non-exclusion from, any public proceeding, release or escape involving the accused;
To be reasonably heard at any public proceeding involving release, plea or sentencing;
To confer with the attorney for the government in the case;
To full and timely restitution as provided in law;
To proceedings free from unreasonable delay; and
To be treated with fairness and with respect for his or her dignity and privacy.
Requires the crime victim to be notified of, and accorded, these rights by the departments and agencies engaged in the detection, investigation, or prosecution of the crime (Sec. 2).
Recognizes the victim right's to appeal, should a federal court deny any right of a crime victim as defined under this act or under the federal rules of criminal procedure (Sec. 2).
States that a denial of rights, as provided for above, is not grounds for a new trial (Sec. 2).
Repeals certain provisions regarding victims' rights contained in the Victims' Rights and Restitution Act of 1990 (Sec. 2).
Authorizes the Justice Department to make grants to develop, establish, and maintain programs for the enforcement of crime victims' rights, and for the development of a notification system of dates and criminal proceedings for crime victims (Sec. 3).