June 16, 2021
JOLIET, IL – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow today was presented with the Outstanding State’s Attorney Award by the nonprofit organization Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM). AAIM Executive Director Rita Kreslin presented the Award to Glasgow for his “outstanding dedication to championing the cause of justice for impaired driving crash victims and their families.”
“Crime victims need support and advocacy throughout the criminal justice process, and this is no different for victims harmed by impaired drivers—who often suffer both emotional and physical injury. Together with AAIM, our Victim Witness Services Unit team members counsel victims and their families throughout the court process and stand with these victims as they work to regain their lives and recover from the losses they have suffered,” Glasgow said. “Impaired driving remains a serious and easily preventable problem that can wreak devastation on its victims, and my Office prosecutes these cases to the fullest extent of the law.”
AAIM is Illinois’ only not-for-profit victim advocacy organization that works closely with victims of impaired and reckless driving. Its Advocates regularly accompany victims to court and track case dispositions, and Court Monitors are physically present in the courtroom on a regular basis to observe and document court proceedings, track results, and identify inconsistencies from courthouse to courthouse.
“Under State’s Attorney Glasgow’s leadership, not only are impaired driving cases prosecuted but victims are given much needed support throughout the process,” Kreslin said. “Our Advocates and Court Monitors help victims of impaired and reckless driving throughout the State. The attention to this critical issue in Will County is a testament to State’s Attorney Glasgow’s dedication and commitment to serving criminal justice and crime victims.”
Victim Advocates in the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office are available to assess needs, provide resources and referrals, inform crime victims of their rights, provide notice of case status, explain court process and proceedings, provide counseling, and coordinate support services throughout the criminal justice process. Advocates also accompany victims to court to explain proceedings, offer support, act as a liaison to the prosecutor, and ensure safety precautions are considered and implemented when needed. To speak with a Victim Advocate, please call the Will County State’s Attorney’s Victim Services Unit, at 815-740-8079.
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