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NCJ Number: 122129 Find in a Library
Title: Unintended Victims of Organized Crime Witness Protection
Journal: Criminal Justice Policy Review  Volume:2  Dated:special issue (1987)  Pages:392-408
Author(s): F Montanino
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 17
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Unintended victimization resulting from the United States government's policy of protecting organized crime witnesses is addressed with descriptions of the victimization taken from court cases against the United States of America in which the victims (complainants) identify themselves and state their grievances.
Abstract: These cases address the negative consequences of the policy, especially in possibly abrogating the constitutional rights of citizens and hence victimizing them. The government's decision to protect organized crime witnesses demonstrates that criminal justice policy is in a constant state of flux and that policy makers must be confronted with the possible negative consequences of their policy before they react. It also illustrates the trial and error basis of criminal justice policy, pointing out the occurrence of unforeseen and often unintended results of policy. 26 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Witness Security Program
Index Term(s): Innocent victims; Secondary victimization; Witness protection
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