Under the Wyoming Victim Bill of Rights, all victims and witnesses of crimes are provided certain rights. The Albany County and Prosecuting Attorneys has created the Victim Witness (VW) Program to ensure victim’s rights are protected.
Mission & Vision
To provide all victims with an understanding of the criminal justice system and their rights as victims, and to ensure all victims have consistent treatment and equal access to competent services.
Victim Witness Advocates
The VW Advocate coordinates the initial contact with victims and witnesses of crimes to provide an overview of the court process and address victims’ concerns. Meetings with a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney can be scheduled with victims to coordinate the transition from the law enforcement investigation to the criminal prosecution of a defendant.
Point of Contact
The VW Advocate is the point of contact for the prosecution and notifies victims and witnesses of hearings and status relating to cases. Upon conviction of a defendant, the VW Advocate is responsible for obtaining a victim impact statement from the victim to provide to the sentencing court as to the physical, psychological, or emotional harm done to the victim, as well as any claim for restitution.
The VW Advocate also works with law enforcement and the deputy prosecuting attorneys for the return of property taken as evidence.
The VW Advocate work closely with the Albany County SAFE Project in obtaining sexual assault, domestic violence, or stalking protection orders.