Crime Victims Rights Board
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. By statute, it is attached to the Department of Justice for administrative purposes (the Department assigns staff to provide operations and investigative assistance and legal counsel) however, it is an independent quasi-judicial body and its actions are not subject to review or approval of the attorney general.
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:
- Reviewing complaints
- Imposing remedies for violations
- Producing reports that identify victims' rights issues
- Recommending best practices for providing services to crime victims and protecting their rights.
Statutory Authority and Structure
The Board has authority to review complaints filed by victims of crime alleging a violation of statutory or constitutional victims’ rights by a public official, employee or agency. The Board may issue private or public reprimands for violations, seek appropriate equitable relief on behalf of a victim (but it may not seek to reverse, appeal or modify a judgment of conviction); bring a civil action to assess a forfeiture of up to $1000 for an intentional violation; and it may issue reports and recommendations concerning the provision of victims’ rights and services. The Board may also refer cases involving an alleged violation by a judge to the Judicial Commission.
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, 2019|
|Sheriff Paul Susienka||Attorney General||Law Enforcement Seat||May 1, 2017|
|Charles McGee||Wisconsin Crime Victims Council||Citizen Seat||May 1, 2020|
|Rebecca St. John||Governor||Citizen Seat||May 1, 2019|
|District Attorney Tim Gruenke||Wisconsin District Attorney's Association||Wisconsin District Attorney's Association||May 1, 2017|
CVRB Reports & Recommendations
Wisconsin Victims Rights Law
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
By statute, the CVRB is attached to the Department of Justice for administrative purposes. The following DOJ staff are assigned to ensure the CVRB can carry out its statutory duties.
CVRB Operations Director: Julie A. Braun
CVRB Legal Counsel: Assistant Attorney General Maura Whelan
Program Assistant: Diana Davison