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NCJ Number: 120386 Find in a Library
Title: United States' Witness Protection Program (From Transnational Crime: Investigative Responses, P 17-23, 1989, Harold E Smith, ed. -- See NCJ-120383)
Author(s): H Safir
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL 60607-2919
Sale Source: University of Illinois at Chicago
Office of International Criminal Justice
1033 West Van Buren Street, Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60607-2919
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Witness Security Program is viewed as one of the most effective tools in the fight against organized criminal activity in the United States.
Abstract: Prior to the program's inception in 1971, confidential informants regularly refused to testify for fear of violent physical retribution. Since 1971, however, almost 5,500 principal witnesses plus their family members have accepted the protection offered by the program. At the heart of the program is a network of 160 specially trained Witness Security Inspectors stationed throughout the country whose sole responsibility is to protect and assist endangered witnesses; supporting these inspectors are 150 Deputy U.S. Marshals. The Witness Security Program training curriculum includes diverse courses ranging from psychological testing and counseling and methods of documentation to defensive driving and protection of high profile dignitaries. Field inspectors also attend semiannual training conferences to stay current with new policies and procedures. The Witness Security Program is considered a very successful operation, since information provided by protected witnesses has helped to convict approximately 89 percent of defendants against whom they have testified. Steps involved in protecting a witness are detailed.
Main Term(s): Witness protection
Index Term(s): Organized crime; Victim services
Note: Paper presented at the 3rd Annual Symposium on International Criminal Justice Issues, University of Illinois at Chicago
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