Ramos Bill to Help Crime Victims Clears Key Committee

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Dawn Koepke with Crime Victims United and Assemblymember James C. Ramos

Dawn Koepke with Crime Victims United and Assemblymember James C. Ramos

(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember James C. Ramos (D-Highland) is pleased to announce that AB 433, requiring crime victims be made aware of early termination of probation, has passed the Assembly Public Safety Committee.

“I am proud to stand with victims of crime, who may be suffering through physical, mental, or financial strain at the hands of their offenders. By requiring notification of early termination of probation, this bill ensures victims of crime can retain their peace of mind and pursue their constitutional right to restitution,” said Assemblymember Ramos.

Currently, there is no requirement to notify crime victims when a probation term is terminated early by the court’s order. This can lead to situations where victims are unaware of the termination of their offenders’ probation. For victims of interpersonal or domestic violence, this can be especially problematic, as the terms of probation may include bans on contacting specific people.

In some cases, the court may withhold a restitution order until further hearings beyond an initial sentencing hearing.

In conjunction with Marsy’s Law, which constitutionally mandates proper restitution for victims of crime, this bill will ensure victim and prosecuting attorney the opportunity to seek restitution before the decision of early termination of probation.

AB 433, sponsored by Crime Victims United, will head to the Assembly floor for a full vote.

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For Immediate Release
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Contact: Brendan Wiles (909) 476-5023

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Assemblymember James Ramos proudly represents the 40th Assembly district which includes Highland, Loma Linda, Mentone, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, and San Bernardino.