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NCJ Number: 120359 Find in a Library
Title: Summary of State Legislative Activity -- Concerning Treatment and Services for Victims of Crime, With Emphasis on Older Victims, 1987-1988
Corporate Author: American Assoc of Retired Persons
Criminal Justice Services Program Department
United States of America
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 79
Sponsoring Agency: American Assoc of Retired Persons
Washington, DC 20049
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This survey reviews the findings from 30 State legislatures regarding elderly victims to better inform State legislative drafters and policymakers about activities in other States.
Abstract: A majority of States reported some victim-related legislative activity, mostly amendments to victim-rights laws, none of which weakened original legislation. Governors supported continued refinements and expansion of services to victims, victim compensation, and commitment to the special needs of elderly victims. For example, a Texas task force conducted 16 public hearings throughout the State to improve the State's criminal justice system. Similarly, in Virginia, the State Crime Commission studied victim impact statements and other victim-related issues, and how to allow victims to be present throughout the trial. Responses are summarized State-by-State, listing the issues, detailing the provisions, comments, and implications for elderly victims. Information sources at end of each State's summary, 7 charts.
Main Term(s): Elderly victim services
Index Term(s): State laws; State-by-state analyses; Victim services; Victims rights
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