The Asset Forfeiture & Money
Laundering Section Chief also administers the Office’s Witness Relocation Program. In 2002, the Office of Attorney General
established a Witness Relocation Program for witnesses and their immediate
household members who are threatened as a result of testifying in a felony case
utilizing grant funds provided by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and
Delinquency and the US Department of Justice’s, Office of Justice
Programs. Thereafter, in July of 2005,
the Pennsylvania Legislature agreed to continue the Program by funding the
Witness Relocation Program in the Attorney’s General operating budget.
The Program assists all law
enforcement agencies across the Commonwealth in the relocation of witnesses and
their families, when necessary. While
the referring agency determines the need for relocation, this Office has final
authority to determine entry into the Program.
The criminal prosecution remains with the initiating agency and the
District Attorney’s Office. The Program
provides for both short and long-term housing; the actual costs of relocation
such as rent, truck rental, and subsistence; as well as assistance with school
and housing voucher transfers.
Participation in the Program is strictly voluntary by the witness,
however, the Office may terminate a witness’s participation if agreed upon
rules are violated during the relocation process.
Entry into the Program is
initiated by the completion of three forms, completed and signed by the witness
and a representative of the District Attorney’s Office, and sent to this office
for approval. The forms are available by
contacting the Chief of the Asset Forfeiture & Money Laundering Section of
the Office of Attorney General.
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