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NCJ Number: 119712 Find in a Library
Title: Twice Violated: New Hope for the Victims of Criminal Violence
Author(s): R C Sullivan
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 222
Sponsoring Agency: Vantage Press
New York, NY 10016
Publication Number: ISBN 0-533-07799-0
Sale Source: Vantage Press
419 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Examples from the author's professional experience in three crime laboratories during a 24-year period form the basis of this analysis of deficiencies in the laboratory analysis of evidence regarding violent crimes and the relationship between these problems and prosecutorial decisionmaking.
Abstract: The text argues that the criminal justice system often overlooks the needs and rights of crime victims, because it rarely risks pursuing a case unless the physical evidence appears to be perfect. Thus, many cases that could be prosecuted are not prosecuted and victims do not receive justice. However, all crime laboratory reports require statements of subjective probability. Therefore, criminalists should recognize that evidence is often incomplete or imperfect. They should realign their professional goals and recognize their responsibility for helping secure justice for crime victims. Figures, author biography, and list of organizations concerned with victims of violent crimes.
Main Term(s): Crime laboratories
Index Term(s): Burden of proof; Crime laboratory management; Rules of evidence; Victims rights
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