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NCJ Number: 154504 Find in a Library
Title: Reactions of Prosecutors and Judges to Victim Impact Statements
Journal: International Review of Victimology  Volume:3  Issue:1/2  Dated:(1994)  Pages:83-93
Author(s): M Henley; R C Davis; B E Smith
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 11
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Two surveys of New York City prosecutors and judges examined attitudes toward the principle of victim participation in criminal proceedings through victim impact statements as well as the extent to which such reforms have been implemented in practice.
Abstract: The results of both studies showed that, in theory, most prosecutors and judges favor the use of victim impact statements. However, when presented with victim impact statements and asked to integrate them into their established routines, both prosecutors and judges resisted in various ways. Impact statements carry with them several disincentives. They leave judges with less discretion in terms of sentencing decisions, they generate some degree of inconvenience for prosecutors involved in producing them, and they may present problems stemming from discovery requirements. Further research should examine whether victim impact statements actually provide prosecutors with information that is novel and salient, and thus worth the disadvantages. 15 references
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Court personnel attitudes; Courts; New York; Victim impact statements
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