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Honoring victims of crimes kicks off today

April 21, 2006

Crisp County--Thousands of people become victims of crimes each day. To recognize the problem, this week starts National Crime Victims' Rights Week.

To kick off the campaign in south Georgia, the Crisp County Sheriff's Office and the Cordele District Attorney's office held a road block along Highway 41 South.

Law enforcement officers stopped drivers, handing them information on crime statistics, contact numbers if they're ever a victim themselves, and yellow ribbons.

The road block also took place in Ben Hill, Dooly, and Wilcox counties. Combined, police officers handed out a total of eight-thousand bags to stopped drivers in all four counties.

"We want to make sure that, we get the word out, that victim's have, they're are certain rights victim's have as part of our criminal justice system," says Amy Lapeza, with the Crisp County's District Attorney's Office.

Next Friday, all four county courthouses will release balloons to remember victims of violent crimes. The event will take place at noon.

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