Project Victim Services' mission is to assure that crime victims in Rhode Island are treated with the respect and dignity called for in Rhode Island General Law 12-28 entitled the 'Victims' Bill of Rights'.
Justice Assistance works toward accomplishing this mission on a daily basis. Through its advocacy and service provision conducted within the Rhode Island District Court, Project Victim Services keeps the victim informed of the status of their case, assists the victim in collecting meaningful restitution, assists the victim in making proper referral and assists the victim in understanding and participating in their court case.
In 1983, Jonathan J. Houston, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Justice Assistance, authored Rhode Island's 'Victims' Bill of Rights.' In 1985, with private sector support, Project Victim Services was designed and implemented. In 1986, Mr. Houston authored Article 1, Section 23 of the State Constitution, further outlining the rights afforded a crime victim. This constitutional amendment was the first of its kind in the United States.
Project Victim Services takes pride in offering new beginnings to individual victims and victimized businesses. We offer a helping hand to our fellow citizens and a partnership to our fellow victim service providers.
Project Restitution's mission is to provide the court with a sentencing alternative for offenders that is both constructive and appropriate for the offense.
Project Restitution works toward accomplishing this mission on a daily basis. Through its service provision conducted within the Rhode Island District Court, Justice Assistance insures that victims of crime are repaid for any loss or damage they have suffered. The objective is to make the offenders aware that they are responsible for their actions. There are consequences to them and others as a result of these actions and when a crime has been committed, the offender has an obligation to the community and to the victim to make amends for their actions. This is accomplished through court-ordered restitution, court-ordered community service or any other court-ordered sanction.
In 1981, Jonathan J. Houston, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Justice Assistance, per request of the Rhode Island General Assembly, designed a restitution program that was proportional to the harm occasioned and the seriousness of the offense. In 1982, the program was recognized by the United States Department of Justice as an "exemplary program". In 1997, the program was expanded throughout the Rhode Island District Court.
Project Restitution takes pride in offering new beginnings to individual offenders. We offer a helping hand to our fellow citizens and a partnership with our fellow victim service providers.
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