Registered victims have rights that are protected by Arizona Revised Statute. Some of these rights include the right to timely notification letters regarding a youth's status change or any scheduled hearings in which the youth's release is being considered.
To ensure that these statutes are followed, the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections (ADJC) utilizes an automated victim notification system within Youthbase. Notification letters are automatically generated whenever certain entries or changes are made in the Youthbase system.
If a caseworker enters a Juvenile Community Reentry Board (JCRB) hearing into the Scheduler in Youthbase, the Victims' Rights Program will automatically create a notification letter to the victim, informing the victim of the date of the JCRB and their right to attend and be heard or be represented by a Victims' Rights Specialist in the case that they cannot participate themselves.
If a youth leaves secure care to attend a court hearing, a victim notification letter is automatically generated whenever an ADJC staff changes the "Status / Movement" screen to "Out to Court". Another notification letter is generated to notify the victim when secure care staff changes the "Status / Movement" screen to reflect that the youth has "Returned from Court" and is back in secure care.
If a paroled youth goes on "Abscond" status, a letter is automatically generated to the victim when the parole officer changes the youth's "Status / Movement" to "Absconded".
If you have any questions or concerns about the victim notification system, please contact the Victims' Rights Unit.
A right is not what someone gives you, it's what no one can take away from you.
~ Ramsey Clark