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NCJ Number: 158456 Find in a Library
Title: Situation of Crime Victims in the Year 2020 (From Visions for Change: Crime and Justice in the Twenty-First Century, P 46-59, 1996, Roslyn Muraskin and Albert R. Roberts, eds. - see NCJ-158451)
Author(s): A Karmen
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Prentice-Hall, Inc
Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458
Sale Source: Prentice-Hall, Inc
Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article uses two methods to predict what the situation facing crime victims will be in another 25 years; one way is to review developments over the past 25 years, while the second method involves projecting current trends and identifying driving forces for change.
Abstract: Twenty-five years ago, the rights of crime victims and the psychological effects they suffered from their victimization were largely ignored by the criminal justice system, the media, and the public. Public consciousness began to emerge as a result of the women's, civil rights, gay rights, and anti-war movements, and victim activists began to organize self-help groups. While the criminal justice and legislative systems were beginning to recognize the need to compensate victims of crime for their monetary losses, victimology had yet to emerge as a specialty within the field of criminal justice. To anticipate what the future might hold for enhanced victims' rights, the article explores three tendencies: the trend toward greater formal rights, the trend towards the privatization of criminal justice functions, and the trend towards differential case handling. 39 references
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Future trends; History of criminal justice; Victimology; Victims rights
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