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The Crime Victims Rights Board (CVRB) operates by authority of Wis. Stat. Chapter 950.09 to review and investigate complaints filed by victims of crime regarding their crime victim rights.
The mission of the Wisconsin Crime Victims Rights Board, as an independent quasi-judicial body, is to enforce the provision of crime victims' rights by:
The Crime Victims Rights Board (CVRB) was created by Wis. Stat 15.255(2) and operates by authority of Wis. Stat. Chapter 950.09 to review and investigate complaints filed by victims of crime regarding their crime victim rights. The Board is attached to the Department of Justice for administrative purposes. The Department assigns staff to provide case management and investigative assistance and legal counsel; however, the Board is an independent quasi-judicial body whose actions are not subject to review or approval of the attorney general.
The Board has authority to order remedies if it finds that a violation of victims' rights has occurred. The Board may issue private or public reprimands of public officials, employees or agencies; refer cases involving an alleged violation by a judge to the Judicial Commission; seek appropriate equitable relief on behalf of a victim in order to protect his/her rights (the Board may not seek to reverse, appeal or modify a judgment of conviction); and to bring civil actions to assess a forfeiture of up to $1000 for intentional violations. The statute also authorizes the Board to issue reports and recommendations, whether or not a violation occurred, concerning the provision of victim rights and services.
The Board consists of five members serving 4-year terms
|Appointee||Appointing Authority||Seat Held||Term Expires|
|Trisha Anderson, CVRB Chair||Attorney General||Victim/Witness Professional Seat||May 1, 2015|
|Sheriff Paul Susienka||Attorney General||Law Enforcement Seat||May 1, 2013|
|Charles McGee||Wisconsin Crime Victims Council||Citizen Seat||May 1, 2016|
|Carmen Pitre||Governor||Citizen Seat||May 1, 2011|
|District Attorney Tim Gruenke||Wisconsin District Attorney's Association||Wisconsin District Attorney's Association||May 1, 2013|
Sample Victim Information Form for Law Enforcement Compliance with Chapter 950 (Updated April 2012)
Statutory and Constitutional Provisions
The legislature shall provide remedies for the violation of this section. Nothing in this section, or in any statute enacted pursuant to this section, shall limit any right of the accused which may be provided by law.
History: 1993 J.R. 2, vote April 1993.
Consultation With and Notices to Victim: 971.095
Crime Victim Compensation : Wis. Stat. Chapter 949
Exclusion of Witnesses: 906.15
Inquiry Before a Plea 971.08(1)(d)
Inquiry upon dismissal 971.315
Pre-sentence investigation 972.15
Staff to Board
The Department of Justice has assigned staff to the Board for administrative purposes. They are not assigned full-time to the Board but rather perform CVRB functions, as needed, in addition to their Department of Justice responsibilities.
Bruce Olsen, Assistant Attorney General, Wisconsin Department of Justice
Duties: Legal counsel to the Board
Julie Braun, Wisconsin Department of Justice
Duties: Operations Director
Diana Davison, Wisconsin Department of Justice
Duties: Administrative support