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Title: Rights of Victims of Crimes: Report to the 1993 General Assembly of North Carolina
Corporate Author: North Carolina Legislative Research Cmssn
United States of America
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 95
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
North Carolina Legislative Research Cmssn
Raleigh, NC 27611
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

North Carolina Legislative Research Cmssn
State Legislative Building
Raleigh, NC 27611
United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Legislative Research Commission presents its findings and legislative recommendations for improving legal rights of crime victims to the North Carolina Assembly.
Abstract: Within the past decade, the State has made considerable progress in recognizing and protecting the rights of victims by enacting the Assistance Program for Victims of Rape and Offenses, the North Carolina Crime Victims Compensation Act, and the Fair Treatment for Victims and Witnesses Act. Nevertheless, victims and their survivors often feel disenfranchised from the criminal justice system. This perceived injustice creates bitterness and frustration among victims and those who work with them in the criminal justice system. The Commission finds that equal treatment for victims can best be accomplished through the enactment of a Victims Rights Amendment to the State Constitution. The right of participating in the prosecution of someone accused of criminally harming the victim should be part of North Carolina's fundamental rights. Adopting the constitutional amendment would grant permanence to victims' participatory rights and invest them with credibility and stability, since Constitutional rights may only be amended by a vote of the people. Numerous background materials and a draft of the proposed amendment are appended.
Main Term(s): Victims rights
Index Term(s): North Carolina; Restitution; Victim attitudes; Victim-witness legislation
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