Montana Crime Victim Rights

The Montana Department of Corrections Victim Services Program is dedicated to ensuring that victim’s rights are enforced, and victims and survivors have a meaningful voice within the state correctional system.

Basic victim rights in Montana include these:

  • The right to information about all events related to the case.
  • The right to have a prosecutor and/or victim advocate present when a victim is interviewed.
  • The right to know the offender's location at all times from arrest until his or her release from supervision.
  • The right to protection from intimidation, harassment, discrimination, and abuse throughout the criminal justice system.
  • The right to attend court proceedings unless the court determines that the victim's absence is necessary to a fair trial.
  • The right to one free copy of public documents in their case. Court documents are available from the clerk of the court in the county in which the case was prosecuted.
  • Victims and immediate family members of sex crimes have the right to request that the sentencing judge, parole board or probation officer order the offender to have no contact with them.

To learn more, statutes pertaining to victims are included in Title 46, Chapter 24 of the Montana Code Annotated (MCA) or the National Crime Victim Law Institute.