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Victim/Witness Assistance Program

From the website of the Contra Costa Attorney General

While victims’ rights and issues have come a long way from the 1930s and its origin as an outgrowth of the civil rights and women’s movements of the 1960s and early 1970s, the balance of justice is still weighted towards the defendant and much work is left to be done. Today, 33 states have passed Constitutional Amendments establishing a Victims’ Bill of Rights, including California.

Forming the Current Program

In 1983, legislation was passed (13835.5 PC) “to develop methods to reduce the trauma and insensitive treatment that victims and witnesses may experience in the wake of crime, since all to often citizens who become involved with the criminal justice system, either as victims or witnesses to crime, are further victimized by that system.”

Program Funding

Funding for the Victim/Witness program comes entirely through fines and penalties levied against defendants.

Victims of Crime & Families of Homicide Victims Have the Right to:

  • Know the current status of your court case
  • Be assisted if called as a witness
  • Attend all sentencing proceedings
  • Speak in person, address the court in writing, or be represented by an attorney at the time of felony sentencing to express your views concerning the defendant, the crime, and its effects on you and your family
  • Have the court order restitution from the convicted person
  • Request the Board of Prison Terms to provide notice of any hearing to review or consider parole eligibility or parole-setting for prisoners in your case (you must keep the Board of Prison Terms informed of your current address if you wish to be notified)
  • Speak personally, submit a letter, tape recording or video tape, or send an attorney to the parole hearing to express your views about the crime and the person responsible

Services Provided

  • Provide victims and witnesses of crime information concerning the criminal justice system
  • Assist victims with the filing of Victim of Crime Compensation Program applications
  • Provide victims and witnesses with case status and/or disposition
  • Provide victims with information concerning victim impact statements
  • Provide victims with assistance in restitution determination and collection
  • Provide victims and witnesses with court support
  • Provide victims and witnesses with referrals to community agencies
  • Provide victims with referrals for counseling and therapy
  • Provide victims with creditor and/or employer intervention
  • Provide witnesses with employer intervention Assist victims with property return
  • Provide victims with information to apply for state disability insurance
  • Provide victims with information to apply for social security benefits
  • Provide victims with information to file notification forms with Department of Corrections, California Youth Authority, and Attorney General
  • Provide victims with information concerning victim’s rights at parole hearings
  • At the request of the assigned district attorney, the advocate can arrange and attend a meeting between the district attorney and the victim or victim’s family
  • Assist the probation officer to obtain information concerning restitution and victim impact statements for their reports on serious violent felony cases

 

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Calendar for the Week of June 17 2018

Day Time Event Location
Sunday Father’s Day
Monday 9:30 am Advisory Board Meeting Lounge
Tuesday 8:15 am Walking Buddies – beginner Lobby
Tuesday 10:00 am – 11:00 am Senior Peer Counseling appointment required
Tuesday 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Investment Discussion Group Lounge
Wednesday 9:00 am – 11:30 am Care Management appointment required
Thursday 8:15 am Walking Buddies – advanced Lobby
Friday 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Quarterly Social & Birthday Celebration Plaza – reservations required

This calendar publishes the activities that change from week to week. See the Weekly Activity page for weekly activities, and the newsletter for more details on activities.

Some activities for Walnut Creek Seniors Club members only. Membership open to everyone 50 or better.

Advisory Board Minutes for January 22, 2018

Walnut Creek Seniors Club

Advisory Board Meeting

January 22, 2018

 

The meeting was called to order at 9:35 am by President Annette Hammond.

 

Present: Rolando Salazar, Fred Rentschler, Donn Sipes, Kent Clancy, Barbara Bacon, Jody Johnson, Linda Ausplund, Annette Hammond, Jeanne Wolf.  Also in attendance were Adriane Lee Bird (to 10:30 am), and Vannessa Rodriquez (staff). Fred Weston from PROS attended. Guest Bob Lloyd.

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Newsletter – June 2018

Having problems finding  the newsletter online?  Well it’s on the City of Walnut Creek’s web page for 50+.  As this is an extremely large file, I don’t see any reason to duplicate it. There is a link for the city’s “Adults 50+” site on the right side of every web page.  It’s under the Section “Seniors“.  Look for the link titled “Walnut Creek Seniors City Site“.   When you go to this page, just click on the link for the month you want under “Check Out Our Newsletters“.

To make it easier, here is the link for the June 2018 Newsletter.  The city will take this newsletter down in about two months, so if you want a permanent copy, download and save it.

Calendar for the Week of June 10, 2018

Day Time Event Location
Monday 1:00 pm ScreenTime, ”Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love” Lounge
Tuesday 8:15 am Walking Buddies – beginner Lobby
Tuesday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Petanque! (French Bocce Ball) Back Patio
Wednesday 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm HICAP Counseling appointment required
Thursday 8:15 am Walking Buddies – advanced Lobby
Thursday doors open 1:00 pm
show starts at 1:30 pm
Theater Thursday Assembly Hall

This calendar publishes the activities that change from week to week. See the Weekly Activity page for weekly activities, and the newsletter for more details on activities.

Some activities for Walnut Creek Seniors Club members only. Membership open to everyone 50 or better.

June 2018 Friday Social – Summer Garden Party

Entertainment &  Birthday Celebration
Friday June 22, 2018
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Civic Park Community Center outdoor plaza

$5 per person

Entertainment: Jerry Gee on guitar and harmonica.

 

Come to our first quarterly Friday Social.  Join us for cake, cookies, wine lemonade, ice tea and tons of good company!.

Please call (925) 943-5851 for reservations and more information.

 

Save the date for our upcoming Quarterly Socials!

September 21, 2018 – End of Summer BBQ
December 14, 2018 – Holiday Social