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NCJ Number: 165521 Find in a Library
Title: Justice System Should Consider the Rights of Victims (From America's Victims: Opposing Viewpoints, P 154-157, 1996, David Bender, Bruno Leone, et al, eds. -- See NCJ-165502)
Author(s): R Roper
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Greenhaven Press
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
Sale Source: Greenhaven Press
P.O. Box 9187
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: An interview with the mother of Stephanie Roper, who was murdered in 1982 in Maryland, indicates support for the role of victims at criminal trials and a belief that victim participation does not tip the scales of justice or bias juries.
Abstract: Stephanie Roper's mother has been responsible for pushing nearly three dozen laws through the Maryland legislature to provide restitution to crime victims, give victims the right to file impact statements with courts, and order courts to notify victims of all hearings involving their assailants. The mother believes victims and survivors want the criminal justice system to give them information, need a certain amount of compassion and understanding, and want satisfaction with the criminal justice process. She feels victims should be heard in criminal trials and strongly recommends grass roots efforts by victims and survivors to ensure the criminal justice process is not dominated by judges, prosecutors, and lawyers.
Main Term(s): Victims rights
Index Term(s): Court-sponsored victim services; Homicide victims; Maryland; State laws; Victim compensation; Victim impact statements; Victim Services Notification; Victims of violent crime
Note: Opposing Viewpoints Series
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