Cheryl Jefferson, the victim witness coordinator for the 10th Judicial District, received the Crime Victim Advocate of the Year Award from the State of Arkansas Attorney General’s Office Crime Victims Reparation Board for her service to victims of violent crime. She has worked in 10th Judicial District Prosecutor Thomas Deen’s office for 18 years helping victims of violent crimes through the judicial process.

Jefferson accompanies victims during court hearings, provides information regarding the criminal justice process and notification of criminal justice events such as case status, court proceedings and case disposition. Additionally, she assists victims with obtaining crime victim reparation compensation, refers victims to other services, supports, and resources that are available. She also provides information about victim rights and how to obtain notifications through the Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) program and the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC) victim notification program.