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  NCJ Number: NCJ 163067   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
  Title: Preventing Gang and Drug-Related Witness Intimidation
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  Author(s): P Finn ; K M Healey
  Corporate Author: Abt Associates, Inc
United States of America
  Date Published: 1996
  Page Count: 164
  Series: NIJ Issues and Practices in Criminal Justice
  Annotation: This report focuses on efforts to prevent witness intimidation in gang-related and drug-related cases; these are efforts that prosecutors' offices and law enforcement agencies have developed separately from their standard victim assistance programs.
  Abstract: A chapter on the nature and extent of witness intimidation identifies two forms of witness intimidation that are impeding the investigation and prosecution of crime throughout the country; overt intimidation involves doing something explicit to intimidate a witness; implicit intimidation involves a real but unexpressed threat of harm. Four chapters pertain to the components of a comprehensive witness security program. One chapter addresses traditional approaches to witness security, such as the request for a high bail, the vigorous prosecution of intimidators, witness management, and basic victim/witness assistance services. Other chapters in this section discuss the relocation of intimidated witnesses, the prevention of witness intimidation in courtrooms and jails, and a reduction in community-wide intimidation. Three chapters consider the development or improvement of a witness security program. A chapter on the development of a program describes how to get started, program oversight, the coordination of services, case investigation, the law enforcement role, and cooperation among agencies. Remaining chapters in this section address legal issues and sources of help. 4 figures, a subject index, and appended sample program guidelines, program forms, legislation, evaluative reports, and housing authority procedures for expediting transfers of intimidated witnesses
  Main Term(s): Court management
  Index Term(s): Witness protection ; Drug offenders ; Gangs ; Victim-witness intimidation ; Witness Security Program
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America

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  Type: Training (Aid/Material)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  Note: NIJ Issues and Practices
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