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Candlelight vigil first event of Crime Victim's Right's Week

Posted: Updated: April 7, 2014 01:37 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS N.Y. - Crime victims, their families and those who provide services and support for them came together in Saratoga to remember those who have lost their lives to drunk drivers, homicide and domestic violence and those who have been impacted by abuse or any type of crime.

In honor of National Crime Victims rights weeks a scroll was rolled out with the names of those crime victims who lost their lives in Saratoga County.

In 1995 the scroll contained more than 200 names, today the scroll has contained over 400.

Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy says when he began his career victims had no rights when it came to being a part of prosecution, but today they have a crucial role in the process.

"I can tell you that we have made such great strides. Victims now have a voice we know through the prosecution, the probation department, and in the courtroom they can talk to the judge."

Two public service awards were given to those who help crime victims. The awards went to the Washington county director of sexual trauma and recovery services and the crime victim specialist at the Saratoga county District Attorney's office.

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