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You are dealing with two separate issues:
Again there is strategy regarding whether or not it is worth having criminal charges being brought against defendants. If the DA gets a conviction, the victim can then use this conviction in a later civil proceeding to prove liability (simplifying their case), however, if the defendants are now incarcerated, they may be less able to pay a damages judgment.
I really would suggest speaking to a local civil litigation attorney to help you with these strategy questions as they apply to your specific case.