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Kiddie Court-Court Education Program (more)is recognized for its unique training program that teaches children about the judicial process and helps to minimize trauma associated with adult court proceedings. Volunteers and trained advocates use a standardized curriculum that serves to improve children's credibility when testifying in court. Over the last 10 years, survey results show that 99% of participant's parents indicate that their children have experienced a reduced sense of fear and trauma in the courtroom.

Child Protection Other Significant Efforts Legal Reform Capitol Heights MD 2016
Dirk C. Moore (more)is recognized for his dedication and tireless work on his own time and at his own expense in identifying, studying and documenting an organized crime group. This group, known as the Travelers, targets the elderly through various scams. His efforts over the last 26 years has led to legal reform, crime prevention, enabled restitution for many victims, and made him a sought after expert who trains law enforcement officers throughout the United States. Crime Prevention Effecting Restitution   Victoria TX 2016
Legal Partnership for Permanency
of Family Design Resources, Inc. (more)is recognized for expediting the process that effectively reduced, by more than 11 months, the time children with a goal of adoption spent waiting for a permanent home. This groundbreaking program works closely with the court system, county agencies, state departments and other programs and today, after 20 years, this program has been replicated in 67 counties in Pennsylvania.
Speeding the Process Child Protection   Harrisburg PA 2016
Julia R. Wilson and OneJustice (more)is recognized for leading a statewide coalition that passed legislation that provided funding for innovations in bringing much needed legal services to low-income rural residents, immigrants, and veterans across California. Additionally, Ms. Wilson developed a network of legal services and law firms and other volunteers that donated their time and services serving the unmet legal needs via mobile legal clinics. Lowering the Cost Other Significant Efforts   San Francisco CA 2016
Prison Policy Initiative (more)is recognized in the areas of legal reform and lowering the cost for their work in the movement to repeal the Massachusetts law that suspended the driver's licence of anyone convicted of a drug offense. Their persuasive report provided evidence of the law's failure as a crime deterrent, how the law actually made the roads less safe, wasted state resources, and did not reduce recidivism rates. Legal Reform Lowering the Cost   Easthampton MD 2016
Women's Law Project (more)is recognized for its work in legal reform and crime victims rights relating to sexual assault. They collaborated directly with police departments to improve the response to sex crimes and treatment of victims, revise coding manuals, protocols, and training. This effort was not only successful in Philadelphia, but nationally through the FBI at the federal level as a replicable model across the United States to improve police response to sexual assault. Crime Victims Rights Legal Reform   Philadelphia PA 2016
Conservator Account Auditing Program (more)is recognized for modernizing and improving the way the state of Minnesota oversees the work of conservators by implementing a first-of-its-kind online accounting system for conservators as well as establishing a centralized statewide conservator account auditing center staffed by trained experts leading to a reduction of paperwork and stronger oversight of conservator accounts. Speeding the Process Other Significant Efforts   St. Paul MN 2015
Honorable Michael Denton (more)is recognized for his work advocating for and overseeing the first Travis County Domestic Violence Court. He has been the sole judge to preside over that court since its establishment in 1999. Initially the court handled civil protective order hearings and criminal misdemeanor cases but added felony criminal cases five years ago. He has been recognizes on local, state and national levels and shares his expertise and knowledge through conferences to judges, prosecutors, law enforcement, state legislators, advocates and survivors. Child Protection Speeding the Process   Austin TX 2015
Latino Union of Chicago (more)is recognized for their efforts over the past fifteen years working in coalition with other Chicago and Illinois organizations to win numerous legal reforms expanding marginalized and informal workers' access to civil law remedies for injustices experienced on the job. Latino Union led the Just Pay for All Coalition in passing the reforms to the Illinois Wage Payment and Collections Act in 2010 that are among the strongest protections in the nation. They have also given thousands of low-income and immigrant workers the tools to seek justice through education and aid filing forms. Legal Reform Other Significant Efforts   Chicago IL 2015
Richard Ravosa, Esq. (more)is recognized for his pro-bono work with low income clients needing bankruptcy relief beginning in 2009. In 2011 with the help of his staff, they formed the charitable Debt Relief Foundation, the only one in the state dedicated exclusively to representing residents in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy filings. They also assist client in completing credit counseling and financial management courses. Mr. Ravosa funded nearly 100% of these services out of his own pocket until the foundation received 501(c)(3) status in 2013 allowing them to raise funds to continue to grow the organization. These services help reduce congestion in state courts and because they are handled by experienced bankruptcy lawyers, speed the process. Speeding the Process Lowering the Cost   Boston MA 2015
Rehabilitation Through the Arts (more)is recognized for its success in reducing recidivism in prisons and changing the lives of a population with little hope for a meaningful future. Professional artist volunteers teach classes in five maximum and medium men's and women's prisons in theatre, dance, music, voice, creative writing and visual arts. Participants build personal, social, and cognitive life skills critical to functioning in all aspects of life inside and outside prison. A theatre program for at-risk youth and a program to join former prisoners with professionals to create an original play about the challenges of re-entering society were recently launched. Reducing Recidivism Other Significant Efforts   Katonah NY 2015
Antoinette Tuff (more)is recognized for her heroic actions when a man armed with an AK 47 entered the school where she was working and took her hostage. Her actions and compassion resulted in the man surrendering to police without anyone getting hurt. Crime Prevention Other Significant Efforts   Atlanta GA 2014
Julio Medina (more)is recognized for his vision, leadership and perseverance founding EXODUS Transitional Community, Inc. a faith-based non-profit organization that provides supportive services to formerly incarcerated men and women in order to help them reintegrate into their communities. Reducing Recidivism Crime Prevention   New York NY 2014
Jeff Bauer and The Family Partnership (more)are recognized for protecting vulnerable children and advancing crime victims' rights by successfully leading the 2011 passage of the Safe Harbor law in Minnesota preventing child sex trafficking victims from being prosecuted for prostitution and being criminalized due to their exploitation. Legal Reform Crime Victims' Rights   Minneapolis MN 2014
Honorable James M. Mize (more)is recognized for his innovative response to severe backlogs and budget cuts by designing and implementing a new One Day Divorce program in the County Superior Court. Speeding the Process Lowering the Cost   Sacramento CA 2014
Victims of Crime and Leniency (more) is recognized for championing the rights of crime victims in the state of Alabama where they have been instrumental in the passage of twenty-three crime victims' rights laws as well as providing victim assistance from the onset of the crime throughout the entire journey through the criminal justice system. Crime Victims' Rights Legal Reform   Montgomery AL 2014
Texas Loves Children dba Child Protection Connection (more)is recognized for transforming how child abuse cases are handled across Texas by creating an Online Legal Resource and Communication Center or the "Online Center" which harnesses expertise across the state bringing it to the fingertips of judges and attorney's handling the cases for free, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. They have replicated the system for four other states. Child Protection Speeding the Process

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Dallas TX 2014
David Goldman (more)is recognized for his work as a Director and Co-Founder of the Bring Sean Home Foundation whose mission is "to assist victims of international child abduction, educate the public about the issue, prevent further abductions and draw attention to the increasing number of cases that currently exist with the purpose of returning abducted children to their home countries and reuniting them with their left-behind families." It began with David's own five and a half year civil fight to return his abducted son to the United States. In May of 2013 after testimony from David Goldman and others, the Sean and David Goldman International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act of 2013 was introduced by Congressman Chris Smith and has been passed on to the Foreign Affairs Committee. The bill would empower the president with new penalties to inflict on countries that refuse to return American children and eighteen new tools to try to secure their return. Crime Victims' Rights Child Protection Legal Reform Monmouth County NJ 2013
Ex-prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement (EPOCA) (more)is recognized for its tenacious and effective leadership in the struggle to reform Massachusetts' Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) system. A law, which passed in 2010, prohibits job applications from including questions about a person's criminal record (employers can still ask about that during an in person interview) and reduces the time a person has to wait to seal a criminal record. Over the past two years since passage of the law, EPOCA received funding to train an organization in another state to organize for criminal records reform and they continue to work on regulation, implementation and enforcement of the law in Massachusetts. Legal Reform     Worcester MA 2013
Jaime Esparza (more)is recognized for creating the innovative 24 Hour Contact Program. As District Attorney for the 34th Judicial District in Texas, he recognized the need to "get smarter" on handling domestic violence cases in hopes of improving prosecution efforts and victim services. The program, which began in 2008 and is the first of its kind in the country, accelerates evidence collection and prosecution, allows for victimless prosecution, increases effectiveness and preparedness of prosecutors, and assesses the well-being of victims and offers them information on resources available to them. The program has been presented at conferences around the country as a "Best Practice" model. Speeding the Process Crime Victims' Rights   El Paso TX 2013
Sergeant Jason Teague (more)is recognized for his heroism and actions that helped prevent a tragic injustice from being perpetrated on five firefighters taken hostage after they responded to what they thought was a "medical emergency". In April 2013 Teague was the senior team leader and first one to enter the home in the successful hostage rescue of these firefighters. He was injured during the rescue. Teague is a supervisor of the Gwinnett County Police Department's K-9 unit and volunteer member of the county's SWAT team where he has been a senior tactical team leader since 2011. He is internationally recognizes for his skill and expertise with firearms and teaches part-time as firearms instructor the GCPD Academy in addition to his other responsibilities. Crime Prevention Other Significant Efforts   Hoschton GA 2013
Melinda Aguilar (more)is recognized for her bravery and presence of mind that ended the killing spree of serial killer Coral Eugene Watts in 1982 and her efforts in the years that followed to prevent his release from prison in 2002 through bringing media attention to the case as well as testifying against him in a 2004 Michigan murder trial helping ensure justice for his victims. Crime Prevention Other Significant Efforts   Houston TX 2013
Christopher Schmidt (more)is recognized for his pro-bono work trying international abduction cases under the Hague Convention. He has successfully won five different cases and resolved additional cases without going to trial. He continues to take on new cases and in addition counsels younger lawyers at his firm to do the same. Because of his efforts, the State Department has listed his firm, Bryan Cave LLP, as a "preferred" law firm for handling international abduction cases. He also won a National Award of Merit from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for his work in this area. Child Protection Other Significant Efforts   St. Louis MO 2013
National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) Team (more)is the first national online searchable database of available information on missing persons and unidentified human remains. It is accessible to the general public as well as law enforcement, medical examiners, and coroners. It has contributed to the resolution of numerous missing person and unidentified remains cases since it became fully operational in 2009. Speeding the Process Crime Victims' Rights Other Significant Efforts Washington DC 2012
Florida Bar Foundation (more)is recognized for its innovative and influential models and programs to help improve the civil and criminal justice systems throughout Florida and the nation and its commitment to ensuring justice for all. It was the first organization in the nation to implement the Interest on Trust Accounts program and has distributed more than $293 million over the past 27 years from IOTA accounts to provide chiefly civil legal services for the poor in Florida. Other Significant Efforts      Orlando FL 2012
Hope House (more)is recognized for creating programs that strengthen bonds between fathers in prisons far from home and their families by hosting free, week long summer camps for children where they spend several hours each day inside the prison bonding with their fathers through art, activities and sports. Studies show that prisoners who remain in contact with their families while incarcerated have a lower recidivism rate. In addition they have found significantly less misconduct among prisoners who participate in the Hope House program than a matched control group. Reducing Recidivism Other Significant Efforts    Washington DC 2012
National Crime Victim Law Institute (more)is recognized for advancing the rights of crime victims on a national level through litigation, education and advocating for public policy reform. Over the past 10 years they have launched 12 pro bono legal clinics providing nationwide training on the “how to” of victims’ rights enforcement. The clinics have raised awareness of victims’ rights with prosecutors, judges, defense attorneys and police officials. Crime Victims' Rights Legal Reform   Portland OR 2012
National Immigrant Justice Center (more)is recognized for its work over the past 30 years, providing comprehensive legal services to ensure fair and humane treatment for asylum seekers while setting national precedents for protecting human rights within U.S. borders. They have developed a pro bono network of more than 1,000 attorneys. Legal Reform Other Significant Efforts   Chicago IL 2012
Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center (more)is recognized for pioneering the legal representation of crime victims in the state of Maryland by helping to pass more than 80 pieces of state legislation including a state constitutional amendment for crime victims’ rights. It is Maryland’s only statewide non-profit agency providing free, comprehensive support services to all victims of all types of crimes. Crime Victims' Rights

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  Upper Marlboro MD 2012
Claudia Barnes (more)and co-winner Kellie Wiggins, are recognized for their courage, dedication and perseverance in representing crime victims in Georgia. They are Board members of the Crime Victims Advocacy Council and lead weekly support groups for homicide co-victims. They worked diligently to help change laws regarding crime victims in Georgia testifying in Senate and House of Representative committee hearings regarding SB 151, the Victim Impact Bill and HB0567 the Crime Victims' Bill of Rights law. Crime Victims' Rights     Atlanta GA 2011
Kellie Wiggins (more)and co-winner Claudia Barnes, are recognized for their courage, dedication and perseverance in representing crime victims in Georgia. They are Board members of the Crime Victims Advocacy Council and lead weekly support groups for homicide co-victims. They worked diligently to help change laws regarding crime victims in Georgia testifying in Senate and House of Representative committee hearings regarding SB 151, the Victim Impact Bill and HB0567 the Crime Victims' Bill of Rights law. Crime Victims' Rights     West Georgia GA 2011
Kids First Law Center (more)is recognized for providing legal representation to children of high-conflict divorce with the goals of reducing the conflict to which children are exposed, improving parents' cooperation and communication, connecting families to needed services and making children's voices heard. The center also provides workshops for children whose parents are divorcing. Speeding the Process Other Significant Efforts   Cedar Rapids IA 2011
Richard Hyde (more)is recognized for his work as sole investigator for the Judicial Qualifications Commission of Georgia. In the last three years, his investigations of judicial malfeasance have triggered the resignation or removal of 21 judges statewide, including two in one day. In 2010, he was the first non-lawyer to be named "Newsmaker of the Year" by the Daily Report due to the substantial impact he had on Georgia's Judicial System. Other Significant Efforts     Atlanta GA 2011
The Women's Cancer Legal Project (more)is recognized for its pro bono work with low-income female cancer patients by providing representation or legal advice to patients, survivors and caregivers to address their civil legal issues. It assists with writing wills, guardianship for minor children and execution of health directives as well as linking clients to public benefits. Speeding the Process Other Significant Efforts   Atlanta GA 2011
William Custer (more)and co-winner Holly Pierson, are recognized for their pro bono victory in 2010 when the Supreme Court of Georgia overturned the murder conviction of their client and set him free after seven years in prison. The young man was wrongfully convicted of felony murder in the accidental shooting death of his brother while hunting on their family farm. Other Significant Efforts     Atlanta GA 2011
Holly Pierson (more)and co-winner William Custer, are recognized for their pro bono victory in 2010 when the Supreme Court of Georgia overturned the murder conviction of their client and set him free after seven years in prison. The young man was wrongfully convicted of felony murder in the accidental shooting death of his brother while hunting on their family farm. Other Significant Efforts     Atlanta GA 2011
The Court Payment Center Project (more)is recognized for centralizing the processing of payable citations, such as traffic, ordinance violations, or Department of Natural Resources violations, for 85 of Minnesota's 87 counties. When fully implemented, it will be responsible for processing two-thirds of the state's caseload and receipting approximately $100,000,000 in revenue annually. Speeding the Process Lowering the Cost   St. Paul MN 2011
Charles Weiss,
Stephen Snodgrass, and James Wyrsch (more)are recognized for their work in pursuing the freedom of an innocent man. It was the first non-DNA case in the state in which a trial court jury convicted the defendant, the conviction was affirmed on appeal, and then these three attorneys proved his innocence.
Other Significant Efforts     St. Louis MO 2010
Illinois Legal Aid Online (more)is recognized as a national leader in setting the standard for the development of technology and legal information used in the delivery of legal services to the poor. The Virtual Legal Self-Help Center provides comprehensive legal information, self-help resources, and referrals to free and low-cost legal services. There are over 90,000 visits to this website every month. Speeding the Process Lowering the Cost   Chicago IL 2010
Brad Dennis (more)is recognized for his efforts to locate missing and abducted children since 1993. He is currently the National Director of Search Operations for KlaasKids Foundation, serving hundreds of families of missing children by managing searches, counseling, consulting, and advocating on their behalf. Child Protection Crime Victims Rights   Pensacola FL 2010
Karen Bateman (more)is recognized for her pursuit of justice in the court system after she discovered that she and Diane Reeve had contracted HIV from the same man. It is thanks to their efforts that this man was arrested and convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Crime Victims Rights Crime Prevention   West Valley City UT 2010
Diane Reeve (more)is recognized for her pursuit of justice in the court system after she discovered that she and Karen Bateman had contracted HIV from the same man. It is thanks to their efforts that this man was arrested and convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Crime Victims Rights Crime Prevention   Plano TX 2010
Madison County Veterans Court (more)is recognized for keeping veterans out of criminal court and offering alternative sentencing. This special court program is run entirely by veterans, allowing a better understanding of the plight of veterans trying to assimilate back into our society. Alternative Sentencing Reducing Recidivism   Edwardsville IL 2010
Suzanne Sawyer (more)is recognized for her work with C.O.P.S., Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. Ms. Sawyer is a co-founder and the Executive Director of this national organization whose mission is to rebuild the shattered lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Crime Victims Rights Other Significant Efforts   Camdenton MO 2010
Polaris Project (more)is a non-profit, victim services agency that offers a comprehensive array of services to victims of human trafficking, sex trafficking and labor trafficking with international, national and local programs. It was established in 2002 implementing the vision of two Brown University seniors, Katherine Chon and Derek Ellerman. Today, the Polaris Project is one of the nation's largest anti-human trafficking organizations. This successful and effective group works to coordinate the efforts of law enforcement and social service agencies, health care organizations, shelters, pro bono attorneys, immigration officials, educators, lawmakers and the public. Since its inception, the Project has received numerous awards for its accomplishments. Crime Victims' Rights Child Protection   Washington DC 2009
Barbara Bentley (more)is recognized among this year's award recipients. It was in February of 1991 when her psychopathic husband pinned her to a bed and tried to smother her with a rag doused in ether. The judicial system convicted him of attempted murder. However, thereafter, Ms. Bentley continued to be a victim - financially. It was discovered that California's no-fault divorce law required her to make alimony payments to her ex-husband. That is when her quest for justice continued. Barbara Bentley made a pursuit to change state law and protect future victims. It was in August of 1995 Assembly Bill 16 was signed and came into effect in January 1996. The premise of this bill is to prevent men and women convicted of trying to kill their spouse from collecting alimony, a share of the victim's retirement, health or life insurance benefits. Ms. Bentley continues to be a strong voice for domestic violence victims through a multiple of venues. Moreover, she has put her experience in written publication titled A DANCE WITH THE DEVIL, released in November 2008. Legal Reform     Walnut Creek CA 2009
Marcus K. Rogers (more)is the Director of Cyber Forensics at Purdue University. He is being recognized by the Foundation for the numerous contributions he has made toward enabling federal, state and local law enforcement better address today's challenges with the use of cyber forensics. Dr. Rogers has designed training programs and continuously provides assistance to local, state, and federal law enforcement officers. Our nation's ability to fight computer crime has been positively enhanced by the significant contribution Dr. Marcus Rogers has made through his development of programs, teachings, and continuous personal involvement in multiple investigative processes. He comes to us with high credentials and multiple awards. Speeding the Process Lowering the Cost Other Significant Efforts West Lafayette IN 2009
Erie Earn-It Program, Inc. (more)is being recognized for the instrumental difference it is making regarding holding juveniles accountable for their action. This restitution program was implemented in l981 with the mission " to hold court-referred youth accountable to their victims and the community by operating a program that provides employment/learning opportunities for restitutions, community service and the development of skills to become responsible citizens". Since its inception, this non-profit entity has expanded its projects through the support of the Erie community and has recorded 94% of all closed cases having paid their victims in full. Effecting Restitution Reducing Recidivism Lowering the Cost Erie PA 2009
Marsha Levick (more)currently serves as Deputy Director and Chief Counsel at the Juvenile Law Center. Ms. Levick co-founded the Center in 1975 and has become a very formidable force in children's law. Recently, Marsha led a team of Juvenile Law Center and pro bono attorneys in uncovering the highly publicized judicial corruption and "Kids for Cash" scandal in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. It was discovered that two juvenile Pennsylvania court judges were accepting kickbacks in exchange for placing thousands of children in detention facilities. In 2009, they were arrested and charged in federal court for accepting over $2.6 million in kickbacks from private for profit detention centers. This is one of many examples of Ms. Levick's continuous pursuit of protecting and defending the constitutional rights of children. Child Protection Legal Reform Crime Victims' Rights Philadelphia PA 2009
Wayne Fortin (more)is recognized for his proven works and the positive impact he has made to victims of trauma. After a career as a psychotherapist for County Mental Health in Oceanside, he realized the importance of having immediate emotional and practical on the scene support for victims following a crisis. It was in l985 that Mr. Fortin founded the Trauma Intervention Program as a non-profit organization designed to provide support to victims of trauma within the community. At its formation, TIP served only one region in the county. Since then, the TIP Program has been replicated to 15 regional chapters and serves over 200 police departments. This unique and effective program has gained the highest regard of appreciation from all venues- victims of trauma, law enforcement agencies and the mental/medical health communities. Mr. Fortin's vision to serve victims of crimes and to implement and expand a cost-effective program has been recognized through multiple media venues as well as prestigious local and national awards. Other Significant Efforts     San Marcos CA 2009
Klaaskids Foundation (more)is among this year’s Paul H. Chapman Award recipients. The non-profit KlaasKids Foundation was originally formed in September, l994 by Marc Klaas. It was in October of l993 when his 12 year old daughter Polly, was kidnapped from a slumber party in California and her body was recovered 65 days thereafter. After Polly’s tragic death, Mr. Klaas, committed to pursue an aggressive child safety agenda. Hence, the KlaasKids Foundation has been a strong supporter regarding the implementation of federal and state laws promoting preventive programs for at-risk youth, stronger sentencing for violent criminals and governmental accountability and responsibility. It is well documented how Mr. Klaas’ efforts have improved the judicial sector pertaining to child protection. KlaasKids Foundation is well respected among the child protection sector and has been able to reach across the nation via an ongoing variety of media coverage to deliver child-safety messages across the country. The positive impact that this Foundation has made is immeasurable when putting together its involvement in programs, the legislative arena and implementation of further advocacy non-profit organizations such as Beyond Missing, Inc. Child Protection Crime Prevention Legal Reform Sausalito CA 2008
John F. Lattomus, Jr. (more)of Georgetown, Delaware, currently serves as Delaware's Juvenile Fire Setter Intervention Coordinator. He is being recognized for his tireless works focusing on fire safety. Mr. Lattomus has devoted his life to bring the importance of fire prevention to the youths of Delaware. He began perusing his passion on a volunteer basis and reaching out to children who were at risk for fire starting behavior. His giving an insurmountable amount of time and effort has enabled his vision to evolve into a Juvenile Fire Setters Intervention Program. The Program has grown and flourished and it is without question that his passion, direction and vision have created a strong successful testimony for the importance of supporting programs which focus on crime prevention. Crime Prevention   Georgetown DE 2008
Flint Waters (more)is recognized for his proven works and the positive impact he has made regarding child protection. After a career in law enforcement, he returned to school to study computer programming. Soon thereafter, he elected to commingle his two passions, utilizing his computer skills to develop software that has been used extensively to locate child pornography traffickers. This software has enabled law enforcement entities to track and arrest child pornographers throughout the United States. Special Agent Waters is now chief of the Wyoming Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. He remains active in bringing the awareness to the huge scale of the child pornography problem that plagues our nation. Mr. Waters is recognized as an expert on internet child exploitation in both the state and federal court sector and has testified before congress. His efforts have been recognized by many, including former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Mr. Waters' works have proven to be a viable resource at tackling internet crime. Child Protection   Cheyenne WY 2008
David Koon (more)is being recognized for his legislative works pertaining to crime victim's rights. Mr. Koon entered into the political arena in l996 after the tragic death of his daughter, Jennifer. Thereafter, he along with his wife, Suzanne, were instrumental in creating and managing the Jennifer Patterson Koon Peacemaking Foundation, in honor of their daughter. At the onset of taking office, he undertook a mission to modify and improve New York's wireless enhanced 911 system. He has served as a member of the New York State Assembly for the 135th District since his political inception and has been an advocate for crime victim rights throughout his tenure. Assemblyman Koon has woven together a tapestry of recognitions and continues to serve on a variety of community boards. Crime Victims' Rights Legal Reform Fairport NY 2008
Security On Campus, Inc. (more)is recognized for its works and dedication to student safety on United State colleges and university campuses. Security On Campus, Inc. is a unique non-profit that was co-founded in 1987 by Connie and Howard Clery following the murder of their daughter, Jeanne. While attending her freshman year at college, Jeanne was beaten, raped and murdered. Thereafter, the Clerys soon discovered they were not alone in their grief and began the necessary steps to create Security On Campus, Inc. This nationally-recognized organization was implemented with a mission to prevent violence, substance abuse and other crimes among college and university campus communities across the United States. At the core of Security on Campus' efforts is the groundbreaking l990 legislation originally known as the Campus Security Act. (renamed the Jeanne Clery Act in l998). The organization has continued to advocate for more stringent campus security measures and has been the driving force behind several effective amendments to the Clery Act. Crime Prevention Crime Victims' Rights Legal Reform King of Prussia PA 2008
Peter J. Elliott (more)is recognized among this year's award recipients. President Bush appointed Mr. Elliott in March 2003 to serves as a U.S. Marshal for the North District of Ohio. It was in 2000, after a police officer who was shot to death while trying to arrest a man wanted for a parole violation when U.S. Marshal Elliott began his vision. He worked tirelessly to develop what is known as the "Fugitive Safe Surrender" program. This unique program was established to encourage persons wanted for non-violent felony or misdemeanor crimes to surrender to the law in a faith-based or other neutral setting. Since its inception in 2004, it has taken place in ten cities throughout the United States. A goal of the Fugitive Safe Surrender program is to reduce the risk to law enforcement officers who pursue fugitives, to the neighborhoods in which they hide, as well as to the fugitives themselves. The program was authorized by Congress in July 2006 and is believed to be the first program of its kind in the nation. This program brings community leaders, law enforcement agencies and judicial entities together. U.S. Marshal Elliott continues to stay active at seeing such a recognizable and successful program expand throughout the United States. Mr. Elliott has received numerous national awards for his works and was recognized by the National Association of Police Organization in 2007 as "Top Cop". Speeding the Process Lowering the Cost Crime Prevention Cleveland OH 2008
Lois Gibson (more)is being recognized for the remarkable success record she has acquired in bringing criminals to justice using her forensic artistry talents. Ms. Gibson is currently employed by the Houston Police Department as a full-time forensic artist. She was a victim of rape when she was 21 and channeled her feelings of the horrific crime into a talent of drawing faces from verbal descriptions. Although employed by Houston Police Department, her talents have reached beyond the Texan borders. She has a long list of individuals whom recognize that is because of her accurate composite sketches why many criminals throughout the United States have been brought to justice. Ms. Gibson was recognized in 2004 by The Guinness Book of World Records as "The Worlds Most Successful Forensic Artist". She has been featured on such programs as NBC's Dateline and America's Most Wanted. In addition, Lois Gibson has been a featured article in many noteworthy written publications and she has authored and published two books documenting her knowledge pertaining to forensic science. Crime Victims' Rights Crime Prevention Other Significant Efforts Spring TX 2008
Robin Casarjian (more)is recognized for her continued efforts at incrreasing the emotional intelligence and well-being of incarcerated adults and at-risk youth significantly enough to alter their life course. She founded the Lionheart Foundation in 1992 and is recognized as a published author on her effective programs. Her programs fill a huge gap in the need for rehabilitative resources and innovative and effective programming in prisons and jails throughout the United States as well as other countries. Reducing Recidivism Other Significant Efforts Boston MA 2007
VOTINGFORJUDGES.ORG (more)is a project of the King County Bar Associaion recognized for its provision of unprecedented amounts of information on the State of Washington's judicial candidates. Votingforjudges.org has proved to be a viable resource in educating Washington voters on judicial candidates running for election. It has been recognized by both media and multiple organizations of Washington's judicial system as an innovative tool at bringing credible information to its voters. Other Significant Efforts   State of Washington WA 2007
Elderservec. (more)is recognized for the programs it has implemented to assist Kentucky's elderly victims of crime. Between the Emergency Crisis Response Team (ECRT) and the Emergency Protective Order (EPO) Service, ElderServe is able to assist the elderly with the many needs that occur when those over 60 are confronted with crimes such as abuse, neglect and exploitation. Crime Victims' Rights Lowering the Cost Louisville KY 2007
Sergeant Jesse Hambrick, Jr. (more)is recognized for his high level of commitment and outstanding accomplishments in the area of narcotics enforcement. Sergeant Hambrick has been instrumental at bringing awareness to the growing methamphetamine problem. His efforts have expanded beyond Georgia's borders into other states and into our country's legislature. Crime Prevention Reducing Recidivism Douglasville GA 2007
Judge James T. Swenson (more)is recognized for his proven works pertaining to imnprovements to Minnesota's family court. Judge Swenson was instrumental in the development of the Hennepin County courts aggressive case management and Early Neutral Evaluation programs. Each of these programs speed the process in the resolution of family court cases. The proven success of the Early Neutral Evaluation program in Hennepin County has resulted in it being replicated throughout Minnesota as well as other states. Speeding the Process Lowering the Cost Minneapolis MN 2007
Kyung Won Lee (more)is recognized for the efforts he put forth in writing an investigative series on the conviction of immigrant Chol Soo Lee. Chol Soo Lee was convicted of a 1973 San Fransisco Chinatown gangland murder. K.W. Lee authored a series of 120 articles over a five year period which focused on Chol Soo Lee's case. His credible writings played an instrumental part in Chol Soo Lee receiving a new trial which he lead to his acquittal in 1982 and his release from San Quentin's Death Row. Mr. K.W. Lee is an accomplished journalist and the first Asian immigrant to work for mainstream daily publications in the continental United States. Other Significant Efforts   Rancho Cordova CA 2007
Tim Miller (more)is recognized for his founding of Texas Equusearch. This volunteer organization was established after Mr. Miller experienced the loss of his 16 year old daughter. He sought to establish an organization to help assist law enforcement and families when a missing person is reported. Although most of their services have been within the State of Texas, 20 percent of their searches have been beyond Texas' borders. They have participated in over 700 missing person searches all over the world. Mr. Miller has also invested time in educating citizens on the dangers of sexual predators and child abductors that lurk within their communities. Crime Victims' Rights Lowering the Cost Dickinson TX 2007
Community Partners for Forensic Sciencec. (more)is a non-profit organization recognized for its success in taking its message to policy makers and community leaders and successfullly securing funding to help offset the expenses in processing Louisiana's excess of 3,000 backlogged rape tests. Lowering the Cost Crime Victims' Rights Baton Rouge LA 2006
Peter T. Scannell (more)is recognized for the courage and persistence he portrayed as he acted as a whistle blower regarding the exposure of widespread fraud in the mutual fund industry. His perseverance was instrumental in bringing restitution to the affected investors. Effecting Restitution Legal Reform Weymouth MA 2006
Georgia Innocence Project (more)is recognized for its efforts and proven success regarding securing post-conviction DNA testing for Georgia inmates who have been convicted of crimes they did not commit. This non-profit organization also assists the exonerated rebuild their lives via securing financial resources and donated services upon release from prison. Other Significant Efforts   Atlanta GA 2006
Texans for Lawsuit Reform (more)is a non-profit reform group established in 1993 to fight for civil justice reform in the State of Texas. Through persistence the organization has proven successful with the passing of multiple torte reform laws. Texans for Lawsuit Reform exemplifies how dedicated volunteers can be instrumental in improving civil justice. Legal Reform   Austin TX 2006
Stephen B. Bright (more)is recognized for his dedication and devotion in his advocacy for those individuals who cannot afford legal representation when faced with conviction of a crime. His works expand into collaborating local and national organizations to create comprehensive solutions to the State of Georgia's legislature. Speeding the Process Other Significant Efforts Atlanta GA 2006
Grier Weeks (more)is recognized for his undaunting efforts at implementing changes in legislative laws across the United States pertaining to a child incest loophole. His perseverance has reformed laws in the states of California, New York, North Carolina and Tennessee among others. Child Protection Legal Reform Asheville NC 2006
Sally Quillian Yates (more)is recognized for her high level of devotion involving cases pertaining to public corruption, fraud and terrorism. Ms. Yates, U.S. Attorney, has displayed a fearless vision and has been extremely instrumental and proven successful in the administration arena of our judicial system. Some of her recent recognizable judicial leadership works include her involvement in the convictions and sentencing of both Eric Rudolph and Atlanta's former Mayor Campbell. Effecting Restitution   Atlanta GA 2006
Carol E. Jordan (more)is recognized for her diligent efforts during the past 22 years in fighting for victims' rights in the areas of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assualt and stalking. She has brought many venues together such as service providers and educational institutions to make Kentucky a safer place for women and children. Crime Victims' Rights   Lexington KY 2005
Sergeant Patrick B. Welsh (more)is recognized for his high level of commitment, professionalism and enduring dedication to victims of sexual assault crimes. He has worked tirelessly to initiate and achieve the actions necessary to bring closure to many "cold" sexual assault cases within Texas. Crime Victims' Rights Dallas TX 2005
Ashley Smith (more)is recognized for her heroic efforts in the role she played in the apprehension of Brian Gene Nichols. Mr. Nichols is the suspect in a deadly March 11th courthouse shooting that brought the city of Atlanta to a standstill. Her courageous actions are a testimony that every citizen has a part to play in our judicial process. Crime Prevention State of Georgia GA 2005
Montana Legal Services Association  (more)is recognized for its efforts and proven results at using technology to provide free legal assistance to low-income Montanans in civil cases. The Association has been a pioneer in such programs as video conferencing in civil cases within the state. Legal Reform Speeding the Process Helena MT 2005
Harriett Semander (more)is recognized for her continual perseverance in seeing justice served regarding a convicted Texas serial killer. Her tireless efforts ultimately led to the abolishment of the Texas mandatory release law in 1996. Crime Victims' Rights Effecting Restitution Houston TX 2005
Captain Ted Smith (more)is recognized for the years he has dedicated to improving the West Virginia State Police Laboratory. He has devoted his time and effort to enhancing the collection of evidence in sexual assault cases within West Virginia. Captain Smith is a founding member of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner's (SANE) Advisory Board and he continues to educate and share his expertise. Speeding the Process Lowering the Cost South Charleston WV 2005
Jim McCloskey (more)is recognized for his high level of commitment to identifying wrongfully imprisoned individuals and taking action to right these injustices. He founded Centurion Ministries in 1983. Since its inception, Mr. McCloskey has freed and exonerated 33 innocent people. Other Significant Efforts   Princeton NJ 2005
W. Mark Felt (more)is recognized for the courageous measures he took to see justice served regarding the Watergate break-in. Mr. Felt's involvement led to the true revelations of Watergate, which in turn conveyed to society that not even the President of the United States should be placed above the law. Crime Prevention Other Significant Efforts Santa Rosa CA 2005
The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children of New York City (more)is recognized for its long-standing history of providing preventative and protective services to children and strengthening families through mental health, legal and educational services. Over the past 129 years, the NYSPCC has served over 2 million of New York City's children through an array of implemented programs. Child Protection       New York City NY 2004
Attorney General W.A. Drew Edmondson (more)is recognized for his diligent efforts in expediting the appeals process in death penalty cases. His works have made influential differences on both the state and federal levels. Speeding the Process Oklahoma City OK 2004
Refugee Family Services of Clarkston (more)is recognized for its commitment to securing justice for hundreds of foreign-born women and children who are victims of domestic violence in the United States. The Refugee Family Services mission is to help refugee/immigrant women and children regain self-sufficiency through a variety of facets such as education, economic opportunities and direct support. Crime Victims' Rights Clarkston GA 2004
Honorable Stephanie Rhoades (more)is recognized for her commendable improvements in the mental health courts. She continues to extend her wealth of knowledge beyond practice, through educating others on both a state and national basis. Alternative Sentencing Anchorage AK 2004
The Guardianship Clinic of Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino (more)is recognized for its level of commitment in serving minor children who have lost their parents. This program provides prospective guardians with legal advice, documentation and the education necessary to comply with the legal process. Child Protection San Bernardino CA 2004
Women’s Recovery Center of Minneapolis (more)is recognized for its successful specialized program for women with a history of prostitution and drug abuse. The program is an effective alternative to incarceration and has proven to reduce recidivism. Reducing Recidivism Minneapolis MN 2004
Michael Davis (more)is recognized for his instrumental efforts in the creation of the nation's first automated crime victims notification service in 1994. the VINE service is currently available in more than 1400 communities in 36 states. Crime Victims' Rights Louisville KY 2004
Wynona Ward  (more)is recognized for creating an organization that provides legal services to victims of domestic violence in rural Vermont areas. Have Justice-Will Travel was founded in 1998 and has proven to be an asset to Vermont's judicial arena. Crime Victims' Rights Chelsea VT 2004
John S. Goldkamp (more)is a professor at Temple University and is recognized for his commitment of over a decade in working on multiple projects providing a long-term effect on fundamentally restructuring the criminal court's processes in Philadelphia. Legal Reform Philadelphia PA 2003
Scott B. Peterson (more)is recognized for his involvement and expansion of an alternative to the Juvenile Justice System for youth offenders that utilizes peer pressure as a positive force. His dedication to the implementation and expansion of the Youth Court programs is commendable. Crime Prevention Reducing Recidivism Washington D.C. 2003
Steve Twist (more)is recognized for his many years of dedication and advocacy for victims' rights. He expanded his efforts by assisting states outside of Arizona with promoting and drafting their amendments to victims' rights laws. Crime Victims' Rights Scottsdale AZ 2003
Coordinated Advice and Referral Program for Legal Services (CARPLS) (more)is recognized for providing legal assistance to low-income individuals in a manner that is both timely and cost-effective. CARPLS provides legal advice and information, brief services to prevent and minimize litigation, and prompt referrals to appropriate legal, government and social service programs. In addition, it provides educational and instructional materials to help clients resolve problems themselves. Lowering the Cost Chicago IL 2003
University Legal Assistance (more)is recognized for providing legal assistance via advice and representation to clients who have limited financial resources and often, complex legal issues. Their efforts have resulted in positive results for clients who found themselves in unfortunate circumstances. Crime Victims' Rights Spokane WA 2003
Honorable James E. Dehn (more)is recognized for his innovative alternative-sentencing programs and his dedication to their implementation. He pioneered the "Pretrial Remote Electronic Home Alcohol Program" as well as the "Staggered Sentencing Program". The Minnesota Legislature has warmly embraced both programs with fiscal support. Alternative Sentencing Crime Prevention Cambridge MN 2003
Sentencing Through Alternative Resources (S.T.A.R.) Program (more)is recognized for reducing recidivism among those individuals who have pled to or been found guilty of driving while under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. The STAR Program was implemented in 1998 and works in conjunction with the San Bernadino Court system along with the local coroner's office. Alternative Sentencing Reducing Recidivism San Bernardino CA 2003
Detective Gary Nolte (more)is recognized for his years of dedication and perseverance in putting a stop to the organized criminal activity of the Moro family. He was instrumental in bringing many facets of the criminal justice system together on a national basis resulting in their arrests. Crime Prevention Skokielinois IL 2003
Associated Marine Institutes (more)operates successful juvenile offender rehabilitation programs in seven areas of the country and one international location. These 50 programs are usually oriented to the environment and/or community as a way to be meaningful to the youth. Reducing Recidivism Tallahassee FL 2002
Marilyn Allen (more)created a jail work and industry program over 16 years ago that is now a national model. Her program lowers the incarceration costs, provides restutution and reduces recidivism. Additional benefits include providing support for participants' families and post-release employment. Effecting Restitution Reducing Recidivism Dover NH 2002
Officer Camille Steigleder (more)created and administers a juvenile diversion program for first time offenders. A panel of local citizens hears the offense and determines the appropriate sanction. Recidivism rate is now below 5%. Additional services of volunteer drug testing and after school help with studies have been added to the program. Effecting Restitution Reducing Recidivism Molalla OR 2002
Judge Legrome D. Davis (more)is recognized for his improvement to the city's criminal court system. His "Rocker Docket" program provides differentiated case management to the criminal courts. He also implemented medical assessments and arranged funded treatment for those defendants with drug problems and created new pretrial release guidelines. Speeding the Process Alternative Sentencing Philadelphia PA 2002
IMAGE Drug Task Force (more)is a successful multi-county undercover drug enforcement program. The Indiana Multi Agency Group Effort Drug Task Force coordinated the efforts of several law enforcement departments. With the approval of the communities involved, undercover detectives were able to make seventeen arrests after three months of work. Crime Prevention Auburn IN 2002
Officer Randy Melton (more)spent the last 15 years of his 30-year service in the Houston Police Department as its liaison to the deaf and hard of hearing community. He provided sign language classes and a communication guide to fellow officers and held monthly meetings with deaf citizens to hear their concerns. He is now a national speaker for the deaf community. Other Significant Efforts Houston TX 2002
Edward Michael Jagen (more)retired from undercover police work to create the Good Knight Campaign. This non-profit group presents programs to children teaching them how to recognize those who would like to harm them. By using the knighthood theme, the program inspires children to protect themselves and to teach others self-protection. Crime Prevention Child Protection Beltsville MD 2002
Regina Marscheider (more)is recognized for her Children's Performance Workshops, using marionettes to educate teachers and children on the prevention of child abuse. The presentations have been viewed by over 2.5 million nationwide. child protection lowering the cost Virginia Beach VA 2002
Judge Brian MacKenzie (more)is recognized for his successful programs that have reduced domestic violence, increased supervision of convicted drunk drivers and provided alternative sentencing. Alternative Sentencing Reducing Recidivism Novi MI 2001
Police Lieutenant Joseph A. Giampietro (more)developed and continues to supervise the Juvenile Diversion Program. This program has been so successful that it serves as a model for others around the nation. Crime Prevention Lowering the Cost Austintown OH 2001
Na Loio (more)is a group of lawyers who have provided free legal services and advocacy to indigent immigrants and refugees for over 18 years. Na Loio also publishes multilingual materials on a variety of topics to assist the new immigrants. Legal Reform Crime Victims' Rights Honolulu HI 2001
Rev. Bruce Cook (more)is recognized for his work in promoting crime victims' rights, crime victim legislation and community restitution. He has worked for over twenty years to make our criminal justice system a victims' justice system. Crime Victims' Rights Effecting Restitution Atlanta GA 2001
Juvenile Pay Up Program (more)is a successful program holding young offenders accountable for their criminal behavior and creating community confidence in the judicial system. Crime Prevention Alternative Sentencing Orlando FL 2001
Police Sergeant Cary J. Klausner (more)created and continues to supervise the Truck Enforcement Unit of the Houston Police Department. With special training for his staff, a new data system and appropriate works shifts, his police officers saw a 58% decrease in truck-related fatalities in the first year of operation. Crime Prevention Speeding the Process Houston TX 2001
Assistant District Attorney Norman Gahn (more)is recognized for his pioneer role in the use of DNA evidence to obtain justice. From his first case of identifying the offender by his DNA in order to meet the statute of limitations to teaching others across the nation how to use DNA evidence, he has promoted justice for all. Effecting Restitution Other Significant Efforts Milwaukee WI 2001
Police Detective (Ret.) Michael Race (more)as a retired New York City Police Department Detective, he voluntarily collected evidence in a 14-year-old crime sufficient to free two innocent men from prison. Crime Victims' Rights Other Significant Efforts Seaford NY 2001
Investigators Juliet Fabbri & Michael Sullivan (more)have been leaders in criminal investigation relating to child exploitation on the internet. Their success has led them to assist other law enforcement agencies and develop training programs for the public on internet safety for children. Child Protection Crime Prevention Naperville IL 2000
Judge Mark I. Bernstein (more)has been the driving force in eliminating the backlog of civil trial cases. By implementing the "Day Backward" program and then the "Day Forward" program, he had the court operating wihing ABA Trial Court Standards again. Speeding the Process Philadelphia PA 2000
Metropolitan Crime Commission (more)has assisted the local law enforcement agencies by its "Wanted By The Law" program which publishes weekly photos and information on wanted felons along with offering rewards for imformation leading to arrest. This program has a 72% plus apprehension rate. Crime Prevention Crime Victims' Rights New Orleans LA 2000
Friends of the Childrens Advocacy Center of Oahu (more)was the first CAC in the nation to create a public/private partnership, combining the skills of the professionals from the state court system with those of concerned citizens. Child Protection Other Significant Efforts Oahu HI 2000
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse/ITRC (more)has developed a national comprehensive program against identity theft (said to be the fastest growing crime today). Services include victims' support, public and corporate education on identity theft and legislative efforts. Crime Victims' Rights Crime Prevention San Diego CA 2000
North Carolina Business Court (more)has been successful in expediting complex business lawsuits by designating one judge for those cases. The Court has recently become automated with electronic filing and internet access - a paperless court. Speeding the Process Greensboro NC 2000
Judge Charles B. Schudson (more)is considered a national expert on creating child-friendly courtrooms. Through speaking engagements and authoring a book and articles, he has guided others on the issues of children and justice. Child Protection Crime Victims' Rights Milwaukee WI 2000
Police Officer Louis Sgro & Detective Rose DiLacqua (more)are specialists in the investigations of crimes against the elderly. They work with the special needs of the victims to successfully prosecute and have addressed the state legislature on these crimes of "silent violence". Crime Victims' Rights Crime Prevention Philadelphia PA 2000
The Amber Plan (more)is the first in the nation to coordinate the local media's emergency alert system with the local law enforcement agencies to locate missing children quickly. This allows all citizens to assist in the children's recovery. Child Protection Other Significant Efforts Dallas TX 2000
Deputy District Attorney Michael Grosbard (more)has demonstrated unusual dedication to the enforcement of our laws while seeking justice regardless of the personal consequences to himself and his career. Effecting Restitution Crime Victims' Rights Los Angeles CA 1999
Mark Umbreit, Ph.D. (more)has been a leader in developing, practicing and teaching restorative justice across the nation. This approach has improved restitution and reduced recidivism. Effecting Restitution Reducing Recidivism St. Paul MN 1999
Police Officer Thong A. Nguyen (more)has assisted the Asian community in understanding the American police efforts by hosting a television program, being a community speaker and by acting as an interpreter for investigators and courts. Crime Prevention Other Significant Efforts Houston TX 1999
Moral Values Program (more)founded five years ago by Monica and Frank Victorio to provide a traditional family atmosphere for those children who do not have one. They have provided protection and guidance when a child does not qualify for attention from a government agency. Child Protection Crime Prevention Sacramento CA 1999
The S.H.O.P. Program (more)employs senior volunteers to assist police officers both in the office and in the field. This has lowered the cost of law enforcement and has been presented as a model for programs across the nation. Lowering the Cost West Covina CA 1999
The National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (more)has for over a century worked to improve state law, primarily by drafting legislation. Its most current creation is the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act which has been adopted by all states. Legal Reform Chicago IL 1999
The Angola Hospice Program (more)is considered a leader among prison hospice programs. The staff, the inmates and the surviving families have all benefitted from this program which also reduces prison costs. Lowering the Cost Other Significant Efforts Angola LA 1999
Judge Michael A. Martone (more)created and presents his Courageous Decisions program of alcohol intervention to teenagers. This program begins with actual court sessions in the schools and concludes with a video and discussion on life choices. Crime Prevention Troy MI 1999
The Committee on Equality and Access to the Courts (more)is simplifying the law for Hawaii's immigrants. It provides legal information by telephone, videos on court procedures and directories of legal service providers in various foreign languages. Legal Reform Honolulu HI 1999
Sgt. Bruce K. Stayments (more)created and presents his "DAD School" program to teach effective fathering skills to those referred by the courts. His research found that 75% of offenders came from fatherless homes. Recidivism rates have dropped among program participants. Crime Prevention Reducing Recidivism Elmira NY 1999
Kim Ogg (more)has reduced gang crime by coordinating existing agencies to adopt and enforce anti-gang policies. She has also provided legislative testimony for improved state laws. Crime Prevention Houston TX 1998
Judge L. Oliver Noble, Jr. (more)has simplified the law for the public by his radio program, his taped courtroom instructions and his newspaper column. He has also helped to establish and manage a restitution program based on community service. Legal Reform Effecting Restitution Hickory NC 1998
Marcia Robinson Lowry, Esq. (more)founded Children's Rights, Inc. in continuation of her work on behalf of abused children across the nation. Her class action lawsuits against child welfare agencies have led to reform and protective laws. Child Protection New York NY 1998
Ted M. Hires, Sr. (more)founded The Justice Coalition to coordinate local efforts on behalf of crime victims. He educates the public on the subject by producing a daily radio show and publishing a monthly newspaper. Crime Victims' Rights Jacksonville FL 1998
Summit House (more)provides a residential prison diversionary program for women which allows children as residents. It benefits the family and reduces recidivism. Reducing Recidivism Greensboro NC 1998
Sheriff Harry Lee (more)has created a Sheriff's Department known nationally for its five-minute response time to calls, for over 90% solution of murders, and for an overall reduction in crime during his 18 years. Speeding the Process Crime Prevention Jefferson Parish LA 1998
Judge Donna M. Petre (more)created the Consolidated Domestic Violence Court to provide a consistent judicial approach to an offender experiencing a divorce, and the Family Resource Center to provide low-cost supervised family visitations. Other Significant Efforts Lowering the Cost Yolo County CA 1998
State Attorney Harry L. Shorstein (more)has established intervention programs for at-risk students and incarcerated the habitual, violent juvenile offenders in a special jail separate from adult offenders. Alternative Sentencing Crime Prevention Jacksonville FL 1998
Dr. Astrid H. Heger (more)founded the first medically-based child advocacy center in 1984 and then created a valid forensic tool recognized by court systems internationally. Child Protection Crime Victims' Rights Los Angeles CA 1998
Judge Daniel B. Winslow (more)created the Smart Calendar System for efficient scheduling of court cases which has promoted settlements and sped up the process. Speeding the Process Wrentham MA 1998
Justice For All (more)organized citizens to bring about criminal justice reform by providing public education, political endorsements, lobbying efforts for legislative issues and support for crime victims. Crime Victims' Rights Houston TX 1997
Dorothy Neidig (more)reacted to her home burglary by personally investigating the responsible national crime ring and convincing local, state and national authorities to prosecute and deport the criminals. She continues to assist crime victims. Crime Prevention Crime Victims' Rights Rockport ME 1997
Dr. Henry Lee (more)has brought the world of science to law enforcement and the courts. While employed by the State of Connecticut, his reputation as a forensic scientist led him to testify in trials across our country and internationally. Other Significant Efforts Meriden CT 1997
Bay County Teen Court Program (more)has proven to be an effective program for juvenile misdemeanor first-offenders. Sentencing hearings use trained teen-aged volunteers as attorneys and recidivism has been reduced to 7.2 percent. Alternative Sentencing Reducing Recidivism Lowering the Cost Panama City FL 1997
Mary Callow (more)voluntarily assisted with victims of domestic violence by offering her own home as shelter until a county shelter was opened, working with law enforcement officials to obtain testimony and evidence and testifying for legislative changes. Crime Victims' Rights Child Protection Van Wert OH 1997
Major Leo Erbstein (more)developed and now directs the Citizens Observer Patrol Program with over 1,000 volunteers in the city, resulting in a reduction in the crime rate of 75%. This he achieved as a volunteer after retirement from his first career. Crime Prevention Delray Beach FL 1997
Courtroom 21 Project (more)provides to all aspects of the justice system a demonstration site for new technology to enhance the courts and litigation. This project promotes speeding the judicial process while reducing the costs. Speeding the Process Lowering the Cost Williamsburg VA 1997
Police Sergeant Willie Davis (more)identified a narcotics protection ring within the police department and worked undercover with federal authorities in the investigation, leading to convictions. He now works with the new Public Integrity Division. Crime Prevention New Orleans LA 1997
Judge Ted Poe (more)has applied effective alternative sentencing which recognized crime victims' rights. Creative sentences of written apologies, restitution for funeral expenses and child support and a courtroom observation period has changed many offenders' attitudes. Alternative Sentencing Effecting Restitution Crime Victims' Rights Houston TX 1997
Donna M. Karvia (more)organized and guided the creation of a statewide jail industries system which has increased restitution and alternative sentencing while reducing recidivism and system costs. Effecting Restitution Reducing Recidivism Chehalis WA 1996
Judge Frank G. Evans (more)created a peer mediation program in all levels of the local schools by coordinating the bar association, school administrators and the community, resulting in crime prevention among the students. Crime Prevention Houston TX 1996
Annette Boyd Pitts & Florida LRE Association (more)have promoted law-related education by providing curriculum to the schools in the forms of printed material, videos, mock trial programs and visits by State Supreme Court Justices. Other Significant Efforts Tallahassee FL 1996
Andrew Kahan (more)has worked on behalf of crime victims by successfully promoting state legislation on related issues, assisting crime victims through the judicial system and parole hearings and by initiating a victim impact panel for juvenile offenders. Crime Victims' Rights Houston TX 1996
National Children's Advocacy Center (more)has been the national leader in the intervention and treatment of child sexual abuse victims by implementing and teaching its multi-disciplinary team approach. Child Protection Huntsville AL 1996
Victims for Justice (more)was the pioneer effort within its state to assist crime victims. The group has brought significant changes to public policies and attitudes as well as guidance to crime victims on their rights. Crime Victims' Rights Anchorage AK 1996
Brenda J. Glass (more)has developed and directed the Probationers' Educational Growth of Florida, which arranges the appropriate education for probationers and reduces recidivism as the result. Reducing Recidivism New Port Richey FL 1996
Gang Prevention Community Team (more)has coordinated the police department, the schools, the parks department, social services agencies and other community groups to successfully prevent gang-related crime in the area. Crime Prevention Naperville IL 1996
Dr. Harry J. Bonnell (more)was instrumental in organizing the Second Opinion Service program of the National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children and continues to serve as a volunteer medical examiner to provide support to survivors of homicide victims. Crime Victims' Rights San Diego CA 1996
Miriam Shehane (more)is referred to as the "mother of the victims' rights movement" for her state. For the past nineteen years, she has worked to secure enactment of state legislation on victims' rights to courtroom attendance, parole notification, compensation and restitution. Crime Victims' Rights Clio AL 1995
Judge Thomas W. Ross (more)chaired his state legislature's sentencing commission to create structured sentencing, allowing classification of offenders by the severity of their offense and by their prior records. He presented the commission's work to the legislature who passed the policy in 1993. Legal Reform Greensboro NC 1995
National College of District Attorneys (more)was founded in 1969 to provide continuing legal education for prosecutors at all levels of government. The College offers a two-week Career Prosecutor Course in Houston (attended by over 4,000 through 1993) and conducts seminars held around the country. Other Significant Efforts Houston TX 1995
Juvenile Court's In-Home Services Program (more)supports the troubled families of juvenile offenders by providing counseling services in the home at a time convenient to the family. This program lowers the cost of treatment compared to juvenile residential programs and results in reduced recidivism Lowering the Cost Reducing Recidivism Delaware OH 1995
National Association of Bunco Investigators (more)was founded in 1984 by law enforcement investigators to assist in the identification and apprehension of suspected confidence criminals. It maintains an intelligence base, mails monthly bulletins, and holds educational seminars. Speeding the Process Baltimore MD 1995
Sergeant Mark Wynn (more)has become a national leader in educating law enforcement officials on how to deal with domestic violence cases. He has also testified before his state legislature and the U.S. Congress on behalf of family violence bills. Crime Prevention Nashville TN 1995
Courts of Riverside County (more)increased the public's access to court services and reduced operating costs by consolidating the judicial administrative, clerical and ministerial functions and resources of two municipal courts and one superior court. Lowering the Cost Riverside CA 1995
Judge Adam C. Grant, Jr. (more)started his "Meet the Courts and Law Enforcement" program in 1990 allowing ninth-grade students a day-long visit to the court. They are able to observe actual court cases, tour the jail, watch a video of a DWI arrest, and hear a guest speaker. This exposure to the justice system has resulted in a reduction of DWI arrests among juveniles in the county. Crime Prevention Concord NC 1995
ZAK-Texans for Gun Safety (more)was founded in 1991 by Dianne Clements. Under her leadership, the group has successfully lobbied on local, then state, levels for gun responsibility laws. Since enactment of the local law, there has been a 50% reduction in the number of children killed by guns. Crime Prevention Child Protection Houston TX 1995
Lynda L. Pond, Esq. (more)is an attorney who has developed and continues to manage the California Crime Victims Legal Clinic. She coordinates a staff of law students and volunteers who work exclusively with victims of violent crimes and their survivors. Crime Victims' Rights San Diego CA 1994
Lt. Jerry Dedman & (more)worked with Sergeant Bill Russell, on personal time, in developing a county-wide task force/impact court program to battle auto theft across jurisdictional lines. After the first twelve months of operation, this program reported a 33% reduction in auto thefts. Crime Prevention Speeding the Process Fort Worth TX 1994
Sgt. Bill Russell (more)worked with Lieutenant Jerry Dedman, on personal time, in developing a county-wide task force/impact court program to battle auto theft across jurisdictional lines. After the first twelve months of operation, this program reported a 33% reduction in auto thefts. Crime Prevention Speeding the Process Arlington TX 1994
The Georgia LRE Consortium (more)provides non-lawyers with knowledge and skills pertaining to the law and the legal process. By conducting workshops with minorities and seminars for educators, and by publishing handbooks for juvenile court distribution and a resource directory for students, the Consortium has promoted law-related education within the state. Other Significant Efforts Athens GA 1994
Lewis Pitts, Esq. (more)is an attorney who helped to create and now directs the Legal Action Project of the National Committee for the Rights of the Child. Thanks to the project, children in over ten states have been represented in court. Child Protection Durham NC 1994
Brighton Police Department (more)adopted the business philosophy of "customer service". The motto change from "To Protect & Serve" to "We Are Here to Serve You" reflects the change in department policy. This resulted in an overall satisfaction level with police service of 97%. Lowering the Cost Other Significant Efforts Brighton CO 1994
Morris S. Dees, Jr., Esq. (more)is a champion of the civil rights of minorities. In 1971, he co-founded the Southern Poverty Law Center through which he has handled successful lawsuits against hate groups and developed legal strategies for protecting citizens from violence-prone groups. Crime Prevention Effecting Restitution Crime Victims' Rights Montgomery AL 1994
Victim Outreach Information (more)is a non-profit county-wide agency serving victims and witnesses of crime. Services offered include crisis intervention, witness preparation, accompaniment to court, referral to community resources and department of corrections follow-up. Crime Victims' Rights Lakewood CO 1994
Police Officer Deborah Schmidt (more)created the largest active Neighborhood Watch program in the state. She also assists the Crime Prevention Unit with programs for the community's children, and has been appointed the police department's first "Community Service Officer". Crime Prevention Tinley Park IL 1994
Sheriff G. Harold Plaster & Task Force for Progressive Release (more)have reduced the recidivism rate among jail inmates. A resource directory of area agencies was developed and is distribured to inmates. Also offered are group sessions with a social worker to teach life skills. Reducing Recidivism Chatham VA 1994
QuickCourt Project (more)is a multi-media touch-screen computer system that assists individuals with their court business. It provides general information about the court system, and for certain types of cases it can produce completed forms ready to be filed after relevant data has been entered. Legal Reform Speeding the Process Phoenix AZ 1994
Programa Shortstop (more)printed 10,000 copies of Leyes Para Jovenes, a Spanish edition of its Laws for Youth pamphlet, for distribution to law enforcement, school districts, community organizations, juvenile justice and other agencies in California and nationwide. It is accompanied by a course of instruction that provides legal education and crime diversion in a courtroom setting and is taught free of charge by lawyers, judges, education and business leaders. Alternative Sentencing Legal Reform Irvine CA 1993
Susan Sweetser (more)founded Survivors of Crime, Inc. to assist rape victims like herself with the double traumas associated with this crime: dealing with the myriad physical and psychological results and coping with the difficult and unfair aspects of the criminal justice system for the rape victim. Through this organization and her own extraordinary courage and efforts for nearly a decade, this state senator has succeeded in changing Vermont's legislation, now a model for other states, to provide greater protection and assistance for victims of rape. Crime Victims' Rights Essex VT 1993
Robert Geake (more)championed the drafting and passage of anti-stalking legislation which would provide severe criminal sanctions as well as specific mechanisms to help protect victims from further harm by stalkers. In 1992, this state Senator's tireless efforts resulted in Michigan's adoption of the nation's strictest, most comprehensive, and most enforceable anti-stalking law, now being used as a model by other states. Crime Prevention Crime Victims' Rights Lansing MI 1993
Marvin J. Rauzin (more)is a real estate professional who has for 22 years been a volunteer for Transition, Inc., a private non-profit organization he founded to assist ex-offenders in making a successful adjustment from prison life to the outside community. One of the most important services has been finding meaningful, lasting employment for 300 yearly participants. This reflects a 50% lower recidivism rate than the national average. Reducing Recidivism Miami FL 1993
Nannette Bowler (more)is an attorney and mother of five who co-founded the Children's Law Center, of which she is now Executive Director. She established the Center's caseworker/attorney model, replicated in other states, which is used to represent children in matters of child abuse, neglect, adoption, emancipation, guardianship, and as guardians ad litem in custody disputes. child protection lowering the cost   Grand Rapids MI 1993
Nancy Ruhe-Munch (more)is Executive Director of Parents of Murdered Children, Inc. and creator of the only national program of its kind: "Truth in Sentencing". The program's goals of preventing the early parole and release of convicted murderers has been 100% effective in the 123 parole hearings to which the program has responded in its two-year history, serving the needs of both the society as a whole and the surviving victims. Crime Victims' Rights Cincinnati OH 1993
Judge Arthur M. Kaplan (more)is an attorney and part-time judge, representing the highest ideals of the legal profession in his pro bono work. For over 30 years, he has rendered volunteer emergency medical training to 10,000 law enforcement personnel, including the FBI, US Secret Service, police departments and public service groups nationwide. He has voluntarily participatedin 23,000 rescues personally saving the lives of police officers as well as perpetrators of crime. In short, he shows that the lawyer's and judge's role of assuring a just and merciful society does not begin nor end in the courtroom. Other Significant Efforts Atlanta GA 1993
Wendy Stanek Thrasher (more)convinced that her son's death in a 1988 wreck involved illegal drugs, this mother of six, voluntarily went undercover for a year to investigate local drug activity. Working often without police protection, she made numerous drug buys, many from friends and acquaintances she found involved in the drug culture, and today remains courageous in the face of anonymous threats since her identity was revealed in court. Crime Prevention Crystal Falls MI 1992
Judge Charles D. Gill (more)founded the National Task Force for Children's Constitutional Rights to promote an amendment protecting a child's right to a safe and healthy home, health care and education, and pioneered techniques in child abuse testimony. Child Protection Litchfield CT 1992
Marathon County Task Force on Legal System & Refugee Population (more)Recognizing the enormous cultural differences faced by a growing Southeast Asian population, Wausau's legal and law enforcement community, educators and social workers joined with Laotian immigrants in the Hmong Association to teach refugees about the legal system, train interpreters in the language of the law, and educate legal and law enforcement officers about the refugee society. Legal Reform Wausau WI 1992
Judge Charles L. Hay (more)created the ADA County Youth Court in 1990, where youths who have already pleaded guilty to alcohol and tobacco charges are prosecuted, defended and sentenced to community service by their peers, with coaching from real-life legal professionals. Alternative Sentencing Boise ID 1992
Judge Keith J. Leenhouts (more)As a municipal court judge in 1959, he recruited volunteers from education, the ministry, social work, psychology and psychiatry to help diagnose convicted offenders, then provide individualized rehabilitative services, pioneering a concept which went on to win widespread acceptance and national recognition and support. Reducing Recidivism Southfield MI 1992
Judge Nelson A. Diaz (more)In 1991, Philadelpia's budget woes, overstaffing, backlogs, deplorable facilities, and a "business as usual" attitude threatened the court system. Within 14 months of taking office, Judge Diaz had assured funding for a new criminal justice center; set up new arbitration procedures, a judicial accountability system and a plan to reduce backlogs; ended overstaffing; installed cost-efficient purchasing procedures; and dramatically streamlined the jury selection procedure to save thousands of judge-hours annually. Speeding the Process Lowering the Cost Other Significan Efforts Philadelphia PA 1992
White County Community Service Program (more)begun as a Saturday-only program, now runs weekdays also, providing alternatives to jail for both employed and unemployed probationers and offenders who receive wage credits against fines and restitution. The program has reduced recidivism to 1%, campared to 48% for prison inmates; cut jail costs and overcrowding; built self-esteem among participants; improved the value and appearance of public property where work is done; and increased collection of court-ordered restitution. Reducing Recidivism Alternative Sentencing Searcy AK 1992
Rev. Abraham R. Brown (more)The Reverend's Prison Crusade first provided transportation for inmate relatives to prisons and counseling for inmates after release, but by 1988 when he retired from education and began full-time work with the prison ministry, his program had expanded to include job placement, youth guidance, a food bank, and Death Row spiritual counseling. He is credited with organizing the citizens of Tampa to fight back against a rampant crack epidemic, spurring successful new crime-fighting efforts by local police. Crime Prevention Reducing Recidivism Tampa FL 1992
Judge Jerry L. Hayes (more)For eight years, Judge Hayes has researched, written and hosted a legal affairs radio show entitled "The Benchbook", that airs on WKSU-FM in Kent, and is available to all National Public Radio affiliates. Frequently honored at the national level, the program covers historical, even whimsical, vignettes involving the law and provides explanations of legal concepts and how the system works. Legal Reform Kent OH 1992
Rod Miller (more)founder of Community Resource Services, Inc., a non-profit corrections research and consulting organization, Mr. Miller is an acknowledged pioneer in prison reform. He is credited with improving safety, security and rehabilitation of inmates, while helping local, state and federal corrections officials to fulfill their duties more effectively, efficiently and creatively. Effecting Restitution Alternative Sentencing Reducing Recidivism Lowering the Cost Kents Hill ME 1992
The Sheriffs' Association of New Jersey (more)Their "Operation Deadbeat" proved successful nationwide catching parents who are avoiding parental responsibility. Child Protection Effecting Restitution Mine Hill NJ 1991
Supreme Court of Minnesota (more)Developed a first-of-its-kind program to educate judges on working with the media and training the media to cover the courts. Legal Reform Other Significant Efforts St. Paul MN 1991
Sheriff Frank Hackett (more)During his first six years in office he installed programs for alternative sentencing and created new inmate work programs. One example of his successes: drunk drivers on public works turn up as repeat offenders only 5% of the time compared to the 33% previously who spent their time in jail. Effecting Restitution Alternative Sentencing Reducing Recidivism Lowering the Cost Augusta ME 1991
Criminal Justice Legal Foundation (more)This one-of-a-kind legal foundation represents the victims of crime. Files "friend of the court" briefs in appellate and supreme court cases. Involved in over 100 cases, it has helped to win two-thirds in its first seven years and 80% in its last two years. Speeding the Process Crime Victims' Rights Sacramento CA 1991
Police Chief Stephen D. Schwein (more)originated the GRAMPA Cops program (Getting Retirees Actively Motivated to Policing Again). It utilizes the street knowledge gained by career law enforcement officers along with their patience and understanding as mature professionals. Crime Prevention Child Protection Lowering the Cost Oxford OH 1991
HALT(Americans for Legal Reform) (more)Recognizing that the legal profession has failed at self-regulation, this organization has set about making changes. It is built on the concept that full access and participation in the legal system is fundamental to democracy. Legal Reform Speeding the Process Lowering the Cost Washington D.C. 1991
Sheriff's Department (more)Originated a program which trains and employs volunteer citizens for routine law enforcement functions such as traffic control, misdemeanor, theft, and report taking. The crime rate where the program has been in place has dropped 34% since its inception. Crime Prevention Lowering the Cost Lee County FL 1991
Police Officer Wayne Barton (more)Undertook the challenge of a typical urban slum. Commencing with neighborhood walking beats, this was followed with cleanup days involving both residents and city officials. Numerous other efforts culminated in his "I have a dream" Project which provides for a college education through tuition payments made by local business people. Crime Prevention Boca Raton FL 1991
National CASA Program (more)Although federal law requires it, thousands of children still have no one to represent their interests in court. CASA organizes volunteers (businessmen, homemakers, professionals) who serve in courts as "guardians" for children. Currently they are now speaking up for some 80,000 abused and neglected children in 47 states. Chile Protection Crime Victims' Rights Seattle WA 1991
Cathrine Sneed Marcum (more)Created a Jail Horticulture Project which has become a tool to help inmates gain self-respect, change their outlook and values. At the same time it has produced food to feed the hungry and homeless. It is also producing jobs for former inmates who are now trained and experienced. Reducing Recidivism San Francisco CA 1991
Omega Boys Club (more)A volunteer organization that emphasizes academic achievement and non-involvement with drugs for youths living in impoverished high-crime urban areas. Crime Prevention Reducing Recidivism San Francisco CA 1990
Deborah Spungen (more)Founded "Families of Murder Victims" which provides comprehensive services to bereaved families of murder victims; educating, supporting and assisting them through the judicial system. Crime Victims' Rights Bala Cynwyd PA 1990
Cook County Court Watchers (more)is an organization that provides over 150 volunteers to observe and report on the court system in Cook County discouraging corruption and delays, and encouraging fairness and effective utilization of the court assets for the citizens. Legal Reform Speeding the Process Chicago IL 1990
Chief Judge Manuel L. Real (more)started a 120 day program in 1976 for probation reporting directly to the judge and instituted split sentences which successfully reduced probation violations. Alternative Sentencing Reducing Recidivism Los Angeles CA 1990
Reconciliation Ministries (more)developed creative model programs for keeping families together while a loved one is in prison thus maintaining family bonds which effectively reduces recidivism. Reducing Recidivism Nashville TN 1990
Lynn Hecht Schafran (more)has been instrumental in identifying and promoting solutions to gender bias in the courts through her writings, implementation of Judicial Education Programs and participaion in the gender bias task force. Other Significant Efforts New York NY 1990
CASA Program (more)is a program which recruits, trains, and supervises community volunteers to serve as lay guardians promoting and protecting the best interest of abused and neglected children involved in juvenile court deprivation proceedings. Child Protection Atlanta GA 1990
Judith A. Rowland (more)founded the California Center on Victimology which provides to the victims of violent crimes; counseling, free legal service and assistance through the court process and before the media. Crime Victims' Rights San Diego CA 1990
Laurelton Neighborhood Watch (more)is a neighborhood project run by community volunteers who provide crime prevention activities which have cut the crime rate in their community by 60%. Crime Prevention Rochester NY 1990
John Walsh (more)was instrumental in getting the Missing Children Act passed by Congress and has united the public and law enforcement agencies through the television show "America's Most Wanted" resulting in the capture of more than 100 fugitives. Child Protection Crime Victims' Rights Washington D.C. 1990
Graduate Program for Judges, University of Virginia (more)is the only program available in the United States for education of appellate judges in a degree-awarding setting, promoting a deeper understanding of the major themes in American law and improving the quality of service rendered by our judges. Other Significant Efforts Charlottesville VA 1989
State Senator Barbara Ulichny (more)a leading legislative advocate for laws and programs in Wisconsin which assist victims and witnesses of crime, including legislation specifically providing rights, protection and assistance for child victims and witnesses. Legal Reform Child Protection Crime Victims' Rights Madison WI 1989
BASICS Program of State Bar of Georgia (more)is a voluntary community-based program to prepare prison inmates for release into society. Only 7% of BASICS graduates return to prison compared with a 34% recidivism rate otherwise. Reducing Recidivism Atlanta GA 1989
National Crime Prevention Council (more)developed a wide variety of innovative programs designed to enable people to prevent crime and to build safer communities; including a national media campaign featuring McGruff, the crime dog. Crime Prevention Washington D.C. 1989
Darlene Kamine (more)organized a program in Cincinnati called ProKids, which trains volunteer lawyers to serve as guardians for children in abuse, neglect, and dependency cases who otherwise float through the legal system without representation. Child Protection Cincinnati OH 1989
Chief Reuben M. Greenberg (more)As the new Police chief of Charleston, he provided innovative programs and effective management which reduced crime to its lowest overall rate in 22 years. Crime Prevention Charleston SC 1989
Charlotte Hullinger (more)founded Parents of Murdered Children, Inc. which has expanded into a national support organization for survivors of homicide victims. Crime Victims' Rights Cincinnati OH 1989
Lake County Children's Advocacy Center (more)is recognized for assisting in the investigation and prosecution of child sexual abuse cases, by providing the child a safe, non-threatening environment, professional counseling, and eliminates repetetive interviews. Child Protection Speeding the Process Waukegan IL 1989
Judge William W. Wilkins, Jr. (more)As Chairman of the United States Sentencing Commission, he produced a sentencing system where all defendants who have similar characteristics and offenses receive similar sentences. Legal Reform Greenville SC 1989
Robert L. Beck (more)As Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, he has provided leadership and direction which has moved MADD from a local activist group to the national leader of the anti-drunk driving and victims rights movements in the USA. Crime Prevention Crime Victims' Rights Dallas TX 1989
Nat'l. Institute for Citizens Education in Law (more)promotes widespread understanding of the American legal system among children and adults. Developed the concept of "Street Law", practical law for the average citizen covering crime prevention, rights and responsibilities. Other Significant Efforts Washington D.C. 1988
Justice Peter S. Popovich (more)set time standards for all phases of the appellate process along with a fully automated case management system to monitor compliance. In over 8,000 cases decided by the court, only 2 exceeded the 90 day standard from submission to opinion filing. Speeding the Process St. Paul MN 1988
Fulton County Civil Arbritation Program (more)uses attorney panels for the efficient and just resolution of cases prior to trial reducing court backlog. Eighty-six percent of the cases assigned to the program in 1987 were resolved without going to trial. Speeding the Process Lowering the Cost Atlanta GA 1988
Dr. Marlene A. Young (more)As Executive Director of the National Organization for Victim Assistance, she has been the driving force behind passage of victim compensation statutes in 45 states, victim's bill of rights in 40 states, and enactments of statutes requiring victim impact statements in 44 states. Crime Victims' Rights Washington D.C. 1988
Purchase of Service for Juvenile Offenders Program (more)provides an alternative to institutional treatment of juveniles by providing funds to local courts for the development of community service and victim restitution programs. Effecting Restitution Alternative Sentencing Atlanta GA 1988
Chief Wayland Clifton (more)established a convenience store ordinance which diminished the number of robberies at convenience stores by 63%. Crime Prevention Gainesville FL 1988
Sergeant. Rana Sampson (more)is responsible for bringing approximately 500 drug offenders before the NYC Criminal Justice System due to her undercover activity in the area of narcotics enforcement. Crime Prevention New York NY 1988
Carl F. Bianchi (more)was instrumental in improving the Idaho judicial system through businesslike management and fair and expeditious disposition of cases. Legal Reform Speeding the Process Boise ID 1988
National Judicial College (more)has both resident and extension programs that help improve judges' methods of mediation and decision making, stimulate intellectual capabilities and keep judges abreast of changes in legal methods, technological advances and court management techniques. Other Significant Efforts Reno NV 1988
Shortstop Program (more)created a juvenile diversion program designed to keep non serious offenders out of the Juvenile Justice System. The program promotes personal responsibility and awareness of criminal consequences, enhances communication skills between parents and children and helps in dealing with peer pressure. Alternative Sentencing Santa Ana CA 1988
Michael H. Rubin (more)is responsible for eliminating "legalese" from citations and other forms used in the Court Clerk's office; drafted simplified revisions to the state acts regarding accounts receivable and deficiency judgements. Legal Reform Baton Rouge LA 1987
Supreme Court of Kansas (more)established Delay Reduction Program; adopted median time standards for terminating cases: 120 days for felonies; 50 days for misdemeanor; 30 days for traffic cases; 120 days for domestic relations cases. In 1980 there were 825 criminal cases which had been pending for ove a year; today there are only 82 cases 12 months old. Speeding the Process Topeka KS 1987
Neighborhood Justice Center of Atlanta (more)operates a mediation service which has settled 9,969 cases (46%) in the past 10 years, thereby relieving the courts and expediting justice. This organization is now also providing mediator training for various other communities, states and federal agencies. Speeding the Process Lowering the Cost Atlanta GA 1987
Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith (more)originated and supported a new Ohio law against ethnic intimidation, which includes a provision for the victim's right to collect damages for emotional distress. Crime Victims' Rights Columbus OH 1987
Community Service Option Program (more)serves Federal, State and County courts to provide restitution services without duplication of efforts among 206 participating agencies. To date, 3207 persons have served 254,807 hours which at the minimum wage represents a savings of $853,605. Effecting Restitution Alternative Sentencing Houston TX 1987
Tri-Precinct Anti-Crime Team Inc. (more)coordinates the efforts of 100 community organizations; has set up a "safe haven" program for children, tenant patrols for apartment houses and escort services for senior citizens. Crime Prevention Brooklyn NY 1987
Rep. Claire McCaskill (more)authored and sponsored Minimum Sentencing Act, which for the first time in Missourt required repeat offenders to serve a percentage of their term; she handled the Victim Witness Protection Bill; a bill for the Protection of Child Victims; and a bill strengthening the law on domestic violence by allowing the victim to receive economic support in order to move away from the person assaulting them. Speeding the Process Crime Victims' Rights Kansas City MO 1987
Judge David V. Kenyon (more)persuaded the Los Angeles Superior Court to establish his Juvenile Court Division in the heart of the local community with the most juvenile offenders; personally solicited support from the community, schools, local organizations and businessmen for probation assistance including education, jobs and community service resulting in minimal recidivism. Alternative Sentencing Reducing Recidivism Los Angeles CA 1987
Project Return (more)operates programs providing emotional support for families of the incarcerated; a pre-clemency program for inmates; and a jobs program for parolees and probationers. Reducing Recidivism Nashville TN 1987
American Judicature Society (more)developed merit selection procedures for judges which has been adopted in whole or part by 35 states. Has encouraged the formation of states commissions regulating conduct. Other Significant Efforts Chicago IL 1987
Rep. Jimmy Kyle Davis (more)spearheaded passage of legislation that set up the Tennessee sentencing committee. He is now a member of that panel, and has drafted legislation providing for the first overhaul of Tennessee's criminal code since 1858. Legal Reform Knoxville TN 1986
Rep. Seth Armstrong (more)wrote or sponsored nine bills simplifying and streamlining the law: adoption simplification, trust law modernization and simplification, standardized money judgement format, reduced court procedures, mandatory mediation amendment to mobile home landlord tenant act, modernized corporations code, modernized notary public law, uniform partnership and reduced cost of arbitration. Legal Reform Seattle WA 1986
Durham Dispute Settlement Center (more)is a private non-profit program that resolves disputes traditionally handled through the court system. Volunteers as mediators and researchers provide, free of charge, a wide range of services from overdue library books (a felony in North Carolina) and worthless checks, to tenant/landlord disputes and inter-personal problems between neighbors, family members and co-workers. Speeding the Process Lowering the Cost Durham NC 1986
Committee on Criminal Justice (more)works through volunteers to provide community services for persons in conflict, either with each other or with the law. Trained volunteers serve as mediators, probation supervisors, financial counselors and friends. CCJ provides a wide range of services including a Bad Check Mediation Program. Working through local police and prosecutors, they now receive all bad checks less than $50 in the county prior to criminal charges being filed. CCJ has been successful in getting restitution to the victims, avoiding criminal records for the offenders and lessening the police and court case load. Speeding the Process Effecting Restitution Ames IA 1986
Michael C. Turpen, Attorney General (more)was the driving force behind the Legislature's enactment of the "Victim Bill of Rights" while serving as President of the Oklahoma District Attorneys Association. Crime Victims' Rights Oklahoma City OK 1986
Rep. William Van Regenmorter (more)developed a comprehensive crime victim's right law. The act is considered the most far reaching crime victim's right act in the country, and is now being recommended as a model by the National Organization for Victims Assistance and the National Association of State Attorneys General. Effecting Restitution Crime Victims' Rights Jennison MI 1986
Stuart A. VanMeveren, District Attorney (more)One of the first DA's in the country to implement a Victim/Witness Program in his office which provides services to victims that include assistance through the criminal prosecution process, counseling and referral to other agencies for additional support. Due to his support, there is now a Victim/Witness Waiting Room at the Courthouse in Larimer County. This provides a safe comfortable waiting area for the defendant or his family and friends. He was also instrumental in helping two significant victim related bills get passed in Colorado: the Victim Compensation Act and the Victims Assistance and Law Enforcement Act. Effecting Restitution Crime Victims' Rights Estes Park CO 1986
Senator William T. Smith (more)authored ten significant statutes reforming New York's laws against drunk driving. The most significant of these efforts has been the enactment of a New York's STOP-DWI program, the nation's first comprehensive community based program to combat drunk driving, funded by fines paid by convicted drunk driving offenders. This has resulted in a decline in highway fatalities for 5 straight years making it lower than any year since 1949. Crime Prevention Big Flat NY 1986
CAVE & James M. Grego (more)a private citizen who formed Citizens Against Violent Crime (CAVE). CAVE has worked within the system to accomplish its goals of victim's assistance, public and media awareness, increased prison facilities, alternative means of incarceration and elimination of parole for repeat offenders. Major legislative changes have been made in South Carolina including an improved burglary bill and a comprehensive omnibus crime bill. The latter being one of the toughest pieces of anti-crime legislation to be passed by any state in the past forty years. Crime Victims' Rights Charleston SC 1986
Community Re-Entry Program (more)Administered by the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry, the program was started in 1983 to link ex-offenders with support groups of church members in community activities aimed at reducing crime. CRE served 385 ex-offenders in 1985 with only three reconvictions. Crime Prevention Reducing Recidivism Cleveland OH 1986
Texas Council on Family Violence (more)provides technical assistance, advocacy, public education/networking, research/analysis and resource development to improve services for battered women and others experiencing family violence. It has grown from 6 shelters to over 70 serving over 18,000 women and children in 1985. In 1985 they led broad based efforts to pass the Family Violence Prevention Act. Crime Prevention Crime Victims' Rights Austin TX 1986
Parents of Murdered Children (more)has been instrumental in helping pass major pieces of legislation: the Crime Victims Bill of Rights; Informing Jurors on Texas Parole Laws; Defective Indictments; Expanding the Texas Death Penalty to include Multiple and Serial Killers; Videotaping of Children's Testimony. Child Protection Crime Victims' Rights Houston TX 1986
Judge William H. Miller (more)initiated programs to improve the administration of justice such as the implementation of Work Release, Law Intern Program, Volunteer Program, Summer Intern Program, Night-time Intern Program, Shock Probation, Bail Reform Program, Circuit Court Scholarship Program and R.E.S.C.U.E. Second Chance Halfway House. Alternative Sentencing Reducing Recidivism Vanderberg County IN 1986
Nat'l. Center for State Courts (more)is a non-profit corporation, exclusively serving and accountable to the state courts, whose primary purpose is helping state courts better serve both litigants and the public. Major accomplishments over the past few years include court delay reduction and modernization of jury management. As a result, not only have juries become more representative and the waste of their valuable time reduced, but jury costs have been cut substantialy, through automating court operations and in adopting other modern technological improvements to the courts. Speeding the Process Lowering the Cost Other Significan Efforts Williamsburg VA 1986

 

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