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By Nicholas Grube
Triplicate staff writer
Inside Pelican Bay State Prison where some of California's deadliest criminals reside, local law enforcement and community members were honored for their part in helping the victims of crime.
On Friday, the prison hosted a lunchtime banquet in recognition of National Crime Victims Rights Week, which began Sunday and runs through today. Certificates of appreciation were given to those people in the community who dedicate their services to assisting victims.
"The prison judiciary, the whole criminal justice system, law enforcement and social services, all of us have an important role of addressing victims' rights," Pelican Bay Warden Robert Horel said.
Eleven people received certificates from nine different departments:
Roy Jackson, Child Welfare Services
Cheryl Leonard, Court Appointed Special Advocate
Detective Keith Doyle, Crescent City Police Department
Kelly Neel, Del Norte County Victim/Witness
Kay Parrott, Harrington House
Mike Henderson, Del Norte County Sheriff's Office
Terri Davis, North Coast Rape Crisis Center
Britney Cain, North Coast Rape Crisis Center
Tia Bowers, Oasis House
Howard Block, Citizens' Advisory Committee
Rick Newton, Pelican Bay State Prison
In addition to honoring the winners, Pelican Bay Public Information Officer Ken Thomas discussed recent changes in California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation policy regarding victims' rights.
On Monday, the Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, James Tilton, announced a plan to donate half of all the money received by inmates earned or sent to them to be given to the victims of violent crimes as a form of court-order restitution, e said.
"Pelican Bay State Prison and the rest of the CDCR understand the importance of recognizing the victims of crime, and we will continue to make every effort to ensure that the victims of crime are not forgotten," Thomas said.