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  NCJ Number: NCJ 154395   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
  Title: Impact Statements: A Victim's Right To Speak, A Nation's Responsibility To Listen
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  Author(s): E K Alexander ; J H Lord
  Corporate Author: American Prosecutors Research Institute
United States of America

MADD Mothers Against Drunk Driving
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National Ctr for Victims of Crime
United States of America
  Date Published: 1994
  Page Count: 68
  Annotation: This document discusses the state of victim rights in the U.S., and in particular focuses on the right to submit victim impact statements.
  Abstract: The authors call for a national educational initiative to train all criminal justice professionals on the traumatic and devastating effects of crime on the lives of victims and the community in general. National policies must be enacted at all levels of government to ensure victims' rightful legal standing as integral participants in all stages of the criminal justice process. This can be accomplished through the passage of constitutional amendments. The report recommends that national policies be drafted to ensure crime victims a strong and active voice in the disposition of criminal cases through the use of victim impact statements. The community, as a secondary victim to crime, must also be allowed to submit impact statements to sentencing courts and parole authorities. This document examines the effectiveness of victim impact statements, proposes models for implementation of impact statements in States which do not yet provide for them, and discusses various aspects of victimization and social services for victims.
  Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
  Index Term(s): Corrections ; Courts ; Victim reactions to crime ; Victim impact statements
  Sponsoring Agency: Office for Victims of Crime
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Office of Justice Programs
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  Grant Number: 92-MU-MU-K003
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  Type: Survey
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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