The necessary role of crime victims and witnesses in the criminal justice process should be enhanced and protected.
All victims will be treated with sensitivity and compassion, especially when a victim has been sexually assaulted or is a minor.
The identity of a crime victim or witness shall not be disclosed to the prisoner or any third party at any time.
This policy is not intended to, and does not create any entitlement, cause of action, or defense in favor of any person arising out of the failure to accord to a victim or a witness the procedure outlined in this Policy. No limitations are hereby placed on the lawful prerogatives of the Department of Defense or its officials.
Officers and employees engaged in the detection, investigation, or prosecution of crimes, and the confinement of criminals, shall ensure victims are accorded their rights. As provided for by Federal law, a crime victim has the right to:
- Be Treated with fairness and respect for the victim's dignity and privacy
- Be reasonably protected from the accused offender
- Be notified of court proceedings
- Be present at all public court proceedings related to the offense, unless the court determines testimony by the victim would be materially affected if the victim heard other testimony at trial.
- Confer with the attorney for the Government in the case
- Receive available restitution
- Be provided information about the conviction, sentencing, imprisonment, and release of the offender
All personnel involved in the correctional process have a continuing duty to take reasonable measures within their means to protect victims and/or witnesses from further threat, harm or intimidation, without infringing on the constitutional rights of the accused.
Clemency and parole boards shall consider making restitution to the victim a condition of clemency and parole. They may consider victim statements on the impact of the crime.