By Joe Orlando, PIO

OPEC Staff

CDCR Secretary Jeff Beard pointed to the progress in helping crime victims Monday as he kicked off this year’s National Crime Victims Rights Week kickoff event. The theme of this year’s celebration is 30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice.

“This groundbreaking legislation helps millions of crime victims every year. Sadly far too many people’s lives are changed forever by crime,” said Beard.

Twenty-one victim advocate groups were represented at the event held at CDCR Headquarters in Sacramento. Among those; MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving. California Safe at Home, and Parents of Murdered Children, Inc.

Secretary Beard went on to say,” I would like to express appreciation for those victims and crime survivors who have turned personal tragedy into a motivating force to improve our response to victims of crime”.

A moment of silence was also asked for by the Chief of the Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services’ Cynthia Florez- DeLyon in honor of those who lost their lives to crime. Her office also coordinated the event.

Last year CDCR collected $23 million for victims of crimes from the adult and juvenile offenders.

You can find more information about the CDCR Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services at its website.

Photos by CDCR staff photographer Jeff Baur.

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CDCR Secretary Jeff Beard extolled the progress made in helping crime victims.

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Chief of the Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services’ Cynthia Florez-DeLyon thanked advocacy groups and her staff for their tireless work in helping crime victims.

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Some of the 21victim advocate groups that were represented at the event.

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The honor guard from the Correctional Training Center in Galt opened the ceremonies.