OFFICE OF THE
UNION COUNTY
PROSECUTOR
FOR EMERGENCIES, DIAL 911 Immediately 

Andrew K. RuOTOLO, JR. Justice CENTER
32 Rahway Avenue, elizabeth, NJ 07202

908-527-4500    ucpo@ucnj.org
Michael A. Monahan
Acting Prosecutor

Office of Victim Witness Advocacy

What is a victim advocate?

Victim advocates are professionals trained to support victims of crime. Advocates offer victims information, emotional support, and help finding resources and filling out paperwork. Sometimes, advocates go to court with victims. Advocates may also contact organizations, such as criminal justice or social service agencies, to get help or information for victims.

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What is Bail Reform?

By Jan. 1, 2017, the state will shift from a system that relies principally on setting monetary bail as a condition of release to a risk-based system that is more objective, and thus fairer to defendants because it is unrelated to their ability to pay monetary bail. The statute also sets deadlines for the timely filing of an indictment and the disposition of criminal charges for incarcerated defendants.

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What is V.I.N.E.?

VINE has been providing victims and concerned citizens with the power of information for decades, allowing these individuals to have the sense of security that they deserve. VINELink can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide the most reliable information for custody status changes and criminal case information. The VINE service provides information by phone, email, TTY, and text message where available. You may also sign up through your participating state, or county’s toll-free number at 1-877-VINE-4-NJ.

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VINE ha proporcionado a las víctimas y otras personas interesadas el poder de información por décadas, permitiendo que estos individuos tengan la sensación de seguridad que merecen. Puede obtener acceso a VINELink las 24 horas al día, siete días a la semana, para proporcionar la información más confiable sobre los cambios en el estado de custodia y la información sobre los casos penales. 
 
El servicio VINE proporciona información por teléfono, correo electrónico, TTY, y mensaje de texto donde esté disponible. También puede registrarse a través del número de teléfono gratuito de su estado o condado participante. 1-877-VINE-4-NJ

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What is restitution?

The term “restitution” in the criminal justice system means payment by an offender to the victim for the harm caused by the offender’s wrongful acts. Courts have the authority to order convicted offenders to pay restitution to victims as part of their sentences.

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