KTTU "In Focus," 1/16/11, 10:30 AM & KMSB "Fox-11 Forum," 1/23/11, 7:30 AM

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

Host Bob Lee interviews Jan Upchurch, administrator, ADC Office of Victim Services.

Arizona law provides that some victims receive compensation, gives them the right to be notified throughout the judicial process and gives them the right to offer input into plea negotiations, among other rights.

Upchurch says the Arizona Department of Corrections, partnering with the crime victim community and with other victim services agencies, established the OVS to ensure that all crime victims are treated with dignity and respect throughout an inmate's incarceration and community supervision/parole periods. She says OVS provides comprehensive victim services and has implemented victim-focused Restorative Justice programs, which hold offenders accountable for their conduct.

Upchurch says victims are to receive prompt restitution from the person or persons convicted of the criminal conduct that caused the victim's loss or injury if that is so ordered during the sentencing process. She says victims are to be informed, upon request, when the accused or convicted person is released from custody, has escaped or died and have a right to be present at, and upon request, informed of all criminal proceedings where the defendant has the right to be present, and to be heard at any proceeding when any post conviction release from confinement is being considered. She says crime victims have the right to request not to receive inmate mail. The Director of Corrections is required by law to withdraw a minimum of twenty percent up to a maximum of fifty percent of the monies available in an inmate's spendable account each month to pay court-ordered restitution.