Crime Victims Rights Board

 

CVRB General Brochure

 

Statutory Authority

 

The Crime Victims Rights Board (CVRB) is an independent quasi-judicial body that operates by authority of Wis. Stat. Chapter 950.09and Wisconsin Administrative Code CVRB 1 to: 

 

  • Review complaints regarding possible violations of the rights of crime victims by  public officials, employees or agencies.

 

  • Issue written probable cause determinations as to whether violations probably were or are being committed as alleged in complaints.

 

  • After findings of probable cause, conduct  investigations and/or hold evidentiary hearings, as needed, to determine whether violations occurred.

 

  • Issue written final decisions concerning reviewed cases. (Judicial review of a CVRB final decision is governed by Wis. Stats. ss. 227.52 to 227.59.) 

 

  • Issue sanctions for violations of Wis. Stat. Chapters 950 and 938 and Article I, Section 9m of the Wisconsin Constitution.

 

  • Issue reports and recommendations concerning the securing and provision of victims' rights and services.

 


 

Operations

 

By law, the actions of the CVRB are not subject to review or approval of the attorney general.  The CVRB operates with a limited administrative attachment to the Department of Justice, meaning DOJ personnel are assigned to assist the Board in carrying out its duties:

 

  • Julie Braun, Director:   The CVRB Director is responsible for the executive management functions of the CVRB and ensuring that procedures protect the interests of all parties involved in a formal review.  The director is the CVRB's designee to conduct investigations pursuant to Wis. Admin. Code CVRB 1.03 and 1.06 and serves as the CVRB public information officer,  records official, and liaison to appointing authorities. 

 

  • Amy Ulrich, CVRB Executive Assistant:  The CVRB Executive Assistant provides confidential executive administrative assistance to support the operations of the CVRB.

 

  • Assistant Attorney General Karla Keckhaver, CVRB Legal Counsel 

 

For more information about  CVRB operations:

 

 


 

Statutory Powers

 

Sanctions & Remedies   

 

Based on its review of a complaint the CVRB may do any of the following:

 

  • Issue private and public reprimands of public officials, employees or agencies that violate the rights of crime victims provided under Wis. Stat. Chapters 950 and 938 and Article I, Section 9m of the Wisconsin Constitution.

 

  • Refer to the Judicial Commission a violation or alleged violation by a judge of the rights of crime victims provided under Wis. Stat. Chapters 950 and 938 and Article I, Section 9m of the Wisconsin Constitution.

 

  • Seek equitable relief on behalf of a victim if such relief is necessary to protect the rights of the victim.  (The CVRB may not seek to appeal, reverse or modify a judgment of conviction or sentence in a criminal case.)

 

  • Bring civil actions to assess a forfeiture under s. 950.11 for an intentional violation.  (Forfeiture monies are distributed to the state Common School Fund.)

 

Reports Concerning Rights & Services

 

In addition to its authority to review complaints, the Board may issue reports and recommendations concerning the securing and provision of crime victim rights and services.

 

 

 

Appointees

 

The Board consists of five members who are appointed for 4-year terms by the following appointing authorities:

Appointee Appointing Authority Seat Held Term Expires

Jen Dunn

Attorney General County Provider of Victim/Witness Services May 1, 2023

Tania M. Bonnett

WI District Attorney's Association District Attorney May 1, 2021
Amy Severt Wisconsin Crime Victims Council Citizen  May 1, 2020

VACANT

Governor Citizen  May 1, 2023

Sheriff Paul Susienka

Attorney General Local Law Enforcement May 1, 2021

 


 

CVRB Reports & Recommendations

 

Reports & Recommendations Issued 1999 - 2019 

 


 

Links to Wisconsin Victims Rights Law

 

Administrative Rules: Crime Victims' Rights Board 

Child victims and witnesses; duty to expedite proceedings: 971.105

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
Restitution 973.20

Statements before sentencing 972.14

Waiting area for victims and witnesses 967.10