Governor signs ‘Crime Victims’ Right to Know’ legislation

For Immediate Release                                                           
March 13, 2013                                                                       

Contact: Ryan Mitchell

Governor signs ‘Crime Victims’ Right to Know’ legislation

LANSING, Mich.‒ Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday hosted a ceremonial signing of a crime victim's rights bill sponsored by Sen. Mike Green.

Public Act 564 of 2012 (Senate Bill 1211), known as “Crime Victims’ Right to Know” legislation, expanded the rights of crime victims by allowing them to present exhibits when testifying at parole or commutation hearings, which would enable them to more effectively portray the impact of the crime on their lives.

Green, R-Mayville (second from right), was accompanied at the bill signing by (from left) John Lazet, director of crime victim advocacy at the attorney general’s office; Blake Hoffard; Blake’s mother Wendy Hoffard, Bay County crime victims’ rights advocate; Gov. Snyder; Alan Cropsey, former senator and legislative liaison to Attorney General Bill Schuette; and Cindy Howell Bay County crime victims’ rights advocate.