Following a crime, a victims life can be turned upside down. The experience of being a crime victim can create different emotional, physical and financial responses from every person. Witnesses of the crime can also be adversely affected. The Victim/Witness Unit of the Washtenaw County Prosecuting Attorneys Office treats each crime victim and witness as a unique individual and attempts to provide services in the best possible way for that person.
The Victim/Witness Unit consists of eight Victim Advocates who work with victims of felony, misdemeanor and juvenile crimes. Victim Advocates are compassionate, empathic and knowledgeable about criminal court proceedings. You may send any inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 1985, the Crime Victims Rights Act created comprehensive rights of notification and participation in all stages of the criminal justice process for felony crime victims in Michigan. In 1988, the law was amended to include the victims of serious misdemeanors and juvenile offenses. In addition, effective December 24, 1988, the Article I, Section 24,added to the Constitution of the State of Michigan. This amendment gave constitutional authority for the statutory rights of crime victims, provided legislative authority to enforce victims rights, and provided legislative authority to assess convicted defendants to pay for crime victims rights.
The Victim/Witness Unit provides the rights of victims of crime as established by the Crime Victims Right Act P. A. 87 of 1985. When a victim requests their rights, Victim Advocate services can include:
- Notifying victims of any scheduled court proceedings,
- Updating victims on case status and any known change in court dates,
- Accompanying and supporting victims in court,
- Providing court orientation,
- Explaining the court process and procedures,
- Providing privacy prior to a court appearance,
- Helping with the return of personal property,
- Assisting victims with Victim Impact Statements,
- Employer intervention,
- Providing information and assistance in filing an application for Crime Victim Compensation,
- Providing information and assistance with restitution,
- Providing information and referrals for community services,
- Act as liaison between the victim and other criminal justice agencies such as the police, courts, and probation department.
To obtain information on inmate status and post-conviction status, contact the following agency:
Washtenaw County Sheriffs Department
2201 Hogback Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 973-4770 - Booking
For information on post conviction status, contact the following agency:
Michigan Department of Corrections
Crime Victim Notification Unit
Grandview Plaza Building
P.O. Box 30003
206 E. Michigan Ave.
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 373-4467 (local)
(877) 866-5401 (toll free)
Written request of the victim is required to receive notification of a prisoners status during their incarceration.
To obtain information on an offenders status through the Michigan Department of Corrections online, search the Offenders Tracking Information System
Michigan Crime Victim Notification Network
(800) 770-7657 (toll free)
VINELink is the online version of VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday), the National Victim Notification Network. This service allows crime victims to obtain information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day, in English and in Spanish. Victims and other concerned citizens can register to be notified by phone, email, or TTY device when an offender's custody status changes. Search by clicking on the Offender or Offender with Court Cases tab. Enter case ID or offenders name, click on the offenders name, then register for notification to receive automated telephone calls, emails or TTY notification. The PIN (Personal Identification Number) must be remembered to confirm calls from the automated service and to stop repeated calls. Users can also register through the Michigan State’s toll-free number (800) 770-7657.
Personal Protection Order-Circuit Court Services
101 E. Huron St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 222-3381- for domestic related PPO's
Personal Protection Orders can be filed at this office, located on 1st floor at the Washtenaw County Courthouse.