Gaboury Named to Victims’ Rights Enforcement Commission

Gaboury Named to Victims’ Rights Enforcement Commission

by Karen Grava
Director of Media Relations

Mario Gaboury, professor and dean of the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, has been appointed by Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy to serve on a new advisory commission to review policies that protect crime victims.

The Victims’ Rights Enforcement Advisory Commission is an expert panel of criminal justice and victim service professionals who will review policies, services and victims’ rights in the state and make specific recommendations by Jan. 1 about compliance and enforcement of the constitutional and statutory rights of crime victims, Malloy said.

“Connecticut has been at the forefront of many criminal justice reforms and has enacted many measures considered to be national models and best practices,” he said.  “This commission will bring me a number of common-sense recommendations that will maintain our status as best in the nation when it comes to honoring and advancing crime victims’ rights.”

State Victim Advocate Garvin G. Ambrose, who will chair the commission, explained that in recent years there have been a number of concerns about issues such as failure to issue written orders of restitution, lack of notice to victims of court proceedings and opportunities to address the court regarding plea bargain agreements and at sentencing, lack of adequate private meeting space in courthouses and other aspects of the criminal justice system.

"I believe that the intent of this important commission will be to bring much-needed balance to the system by establishing a fair and practical approach to victims' rights enforcement,” Gaboury said. “My hope is that this will include fully realizing the potential of the state's Office of the Victim Advocate, as well as bolstering the efforts of the state's Office of Victim Services and more fully supporting the front-line advocates and service organizations that assist victims in their times of greatest need."

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