Kassie Boles, a former Fulton County resident and graduate of Viola High School, was recently named Crime Victim Advocate of the Year by the Crime Victims Assistnce Association of Arkansas.
A key part of the criinal justice system is making sure that crime victims have a say in what happens during the court process, and Boles has dedicated the last ten years to seeing that victims have a voice.
Boles assists the families of murder victims, child and sexual abuse cases and more.
"Battery victims, aggravated robbery -- just all of the violent crimes and some non-violent crimes, such as theft of property," Boles said. "That's a violation of people too, that they've had their things stolen or had their homes burglarized."
Boles says she gets datisfaction when she sees victims and their families satisfied that justice has been served.
"We've had trials where we didn't get a guilty verdict, but the victims are still satisfied in the job our office did for them," said Boles.
Boles works in Craighead County, and was nominated for the honor by Craighead County Deputy Prosecutor, Alan Copelin. Copelin said the mother's of two murder victims provided the strongest testimonials to Boles' persistence and dedication.
"Kassie was with us that very first day (of the homicide) and today, years later, I feel I could call her with any question or concern," wrote one mother.
"I knew through the worst time in my life that I could depend on her to be there," wrote the other mother.
Copelin says Boles takes
victims and their families through the entire process of prosecuting the offender and helping them to get the assistance they need to recover. Boles also sits in on interviews with crime victims and their families to ensure all questions and angles are covered.
Boles said the honor she received is shared with the entire staff at the prosecutor's office, because they fully support the work that she does.