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NCJ Number: NCJ 213808     Find in a Library
Title: Voices of Victims: Constitutional Amendment: Balancing the Scales
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Corporate Author: IMO Productions, Inc.
United States of America
Date Published: 2006
Page Count: 0
  Annotation: This video presents the key findings of a series of roundtable discussions with crime victims that focused on their experiences with the criminal justice system.
Abstract: Three main themes emerged from the roundtable discussions: (1) current State laws governing victims’ rights are perceived as ineffectual; (2) a Federal victims’ rights amendment is needed to guarantee uniform rights for crime victims; and (3) there is a need for a constitutional amendment for crime victims. In response, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) has taken two main actions: (1) a National Crime Victims Law Institute has been established that has developed and implemented a multi-year demonstration project to improve the capacity of attorneys to represent crime victims in the enforcement of their rights; and (2) President Bush signed into law the Crime Victims’ Rights Act and authorized $155 million in Federal funding over 5 years for victim assistance programs at both the Federal and State levels. The roundtable discussions were held in 9 States with over 300 crime victim participants who shared their experiences with the criminal justice system. OVC Director John Gillis convened the roundtables and asked participants how the OVC could best help them at the grassroots level. Individual participants noted that while progress has been made in terms of victims’ rights, there are still gaps in the system and victims’ rights are not respected in many cases. Moreover, when victims’ rights are trampled, there are no legal mechanisms for recourse. Other participants discussed the revictimization they experienced in the courtroom during cross-examinations by attorneys and offenders. This videocassette is part of the Voices of Victims Series.
Main Term(s): Victims rights
Index Term(s): Victimization ; Victims of Crime ; Victim attitudes ; Victim reactions to the Criminal Justice System
Sponsoring Agency: Office for Victims of Crime
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: GS-23F-0234M
Sale Source: OVC Resource Ctr
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: VHS color video, 10 minutes.
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