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Connecticut Laws | Title 54 Criminal Procedure
CHAPTER 968 VICTIM SERVICES
Sec. 54-220a. Assignment of victim advocates to assist victims before Board of Pardons and Paroles.

The Office of Victim Services shall assign two victim advocates to provide full-time assistance to victims who appear before a panel of the Board of Pardons and Paroles or submit a written statement to such panel, as authorized by section 54-126a. (1832)

Sec. 54-221. Appointment of advocates for victims of crime by court. (1833)(Text)

Section 54-221 is repealed, effective October 1, 2010. (1834)

Sec. 54-222. Bilingual brochure re rights of victims and victim services. (1835)(Text)

The Office of the Chief Court Administrator shall develop a concise, bilingual card or brochure concerning information to victims of crime concerning their rights as victims and any services available to them. The Office of Victim Services shall distribute such cards or brochures to municipalities and the state police who shall distribute such cards or brochures to crime victims. (1836)

Sec. 54-222a. Duty of peace officer regarding crime victim. Regulations. (1837)(Text)

(a) Whenever a peace officer determines that a crime has been committed, such officer shall: (1) Render immediate assistance to any crime victim, including obtaining medical assistance for any such crime victim if such assistance is required; (2) present a card prepared by the Office of the Chief Court Administrator to the crime victim informing the crime victim of services available and the rights of crime victims in this state; and (3) refer the crime victim to the Office of Victim Services for additional information on rights and services. A peace officer shall not be liable for failing to present an informational card to any crime victim as provided in subdivision (2) of this subsection or for failing to refer any crime victim to the Office of Victim Services as provided in subdivision (3) of this subsection. For the purposes of this subsection, "crime victim" shall have the same meaning as provided in section 1-1k. (1838)

(b) The Commissioner of Public Safety shall adopt regulations in accordance with chapter 54 to implement the provisions of subsection (a) of this section. (1839)

Sec. 54-223. Failure to afford rights to victim shall not constitute grounds for vacating conviction or voiding sentence or parole determination. (1840)(Text)

Failure to afford the victim of a crime any of the rights provided pursuant to any provision of the general statutes shall not constitute grounds for vacating an otherwise lawful conviction or voiding an otherwise lawful sentence or parole determination. (1841)

Sec. 54-224. Liability of state re failure to afford rights to victim. (1842)(Text)

Except as provided in subsection (d) of section 46b-38b, the state or any agent, employee or officer thereof shall not be liable for (1) the failure to afford the victim of a crime any of the rights provided pursuant to any provision of the general statutes or (2) the failure to provide the victim of a crime with any notice pursuant to any provision of the general statutes. (1843)

Sec. 54-225. Voluntary program for lawyers for protection of persons injured in person or property by civil wrong. (1844)(Text)

There shall be a program for the protection of persons injured in person or property by a civil wrong. Lawyers may voluntarily participate in such program. Under the program, a lawyer shall inform any person injured in person or property by a civil wrong of his right to (1) bring an action to recover damages for such injury within the time limited by law, (2) the competent assistance of counsel, (3) notification of all court proceedings concerning his action, (4) full compensation for his injury, and (5) a written list of the rights of civil victims and the agencies or programs available to assist such victims. No lawyer who participates in such program or any law firm with which he is associated may solicit, accept or agree to accept any compensation from any such victim. (1845)

Sec. 54-226. Definitions. (1846)(Text)

For the purposes of sections 54-226 to 54-231, inclusive, "furlough" means the temporary custodial transfer of an inmate from incarcerative custody to community custody for an authorized purpose under the supervision of a verified community sponsor, and "victim" means the victim, the legal representative of the victim or a member of the deceased victim's immediate family. (1847)

Sec. 54-227. Notification of Office of Victim Services and Victim Services Unit within Department of Correction by inmate or sexual offender seeking release or other relief. (1848)(Text)

(a) Any inmate who makes an application to the Board of Pardons and Paroles or the Department of Correction for release other than a furlough from a correctional institution, who applies to the sentencing court or judge for a reduction in sentence pursuant to section 53a-39 or who applies to the review division for a review of sentence pursuant to section 51-195, shall notify the Office of Victim Services and the Victim Services Unit within the Department of Correction of such application on a form prescribed by the Office of the Chief Court Administrator. Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, no such application shall be accepted unless the applicant has notified the Office of Victim Services and the Victim Services Unit within the Department of Correction pursuant to this subsection and provides proof of such notice as part of the application. (1849)

(b) Any person who files an application with the court to be exempted from the registration requirements of section 54-251 pursuant to subsection (b) or (c) of said section and any person who files a petition with the court pursuant to section 54-255 for an order restricting the dissemination of the registration information or removing such restriction shall notify the Office of Victim Services and the Victim Services Unit within the Department of Correction of the filing of such application or petition on a form prescribed by the Office of the Chief Court Administrator. Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, no such application or petition shall be considered unless such person has notified the Office of Victim Services and the Victim Services Unit within the Department of Correction pursuant to this subsection and provides proof of such notice as part of the application or petition. (1850)

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