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Title: Final Report of the President's Task Force on Victims of Crime
Corporate Author: President's Task Force on Victims of Crime
United States of America
Date Published: 1982
Page Count: 148
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
President's Task Force on Victims of Crime
Superintendent of Documents, GPO
Washington, DC 20402
Sale Source: Superintendent of Documents, GPO
Washington, DC 20402
United States of America

National Institute of Justice/
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Box 6000, Dept F
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Document: HTML|PDF
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Document - Designates non-commercial publications, such as Government and gray literature reports.
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The President's Task Force devised this list of recommendations (with commentary) to help crime victims receive the financial, medical, and legal help they need. The recommendations are directed toward Federal and State governments, criminal justice agencies, and private agencies (hospitals, schools, mental health agencies, etc.).
Abstract: Governments should enact legislation ensuring that victims' and witnesses' addresses not be made public (or available to the defense) unless the court presents a clear need. Hearsay should be made admissible in preliminary hearings so that victims need not testify in person. Other suggested laws would tighten bail restrictions, abolish the exclusionary rule as it applies to fourth amendment issues, and expand employee assistance programs for crime victims. Police departments should develop training programs that emphasize victims' needs and establish procedures that inform victims of the status of investigations, a major concern. Prosecutors should be ultimately responsible for informing victims of the status of their cases; judges should allow victim input at sentencing, establish separate waiting rooms for prosecution and defense witnesses, and order restitution in cases involving financial loss. Parole boards should also keep victims informed of hearing dates and allow victims to testify. The report also reviews the many ways private agencies can help victims, including psychological treatment, spiritual guidance, and referral services. It proposes that the sixth amendment to the Constitution be amended to allow victims "to be present and to be heard at all critical stages of judicial proceedings." Appendixes include the study methodology, a description of model victim/witness units, reference notes, and a list of witnesses at Task Force hearings.
Main Term(s): Victim services
Index Term(s): Federal aid; Law reform; Police services for victims; Probation or parole decisionmaking; State aid; Victim compensation; Victim-witness legislation; Victims rights; Witness protection; Witnesses rights
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