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Title: Promising Practices and Strategies for Victim Services in Corrections
Corporate Author: National Ctr for Victims of Crime
United States of America
Project Director: Anne Seymour
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 172
Sponsoring Agency: National Ctr for Victims of Crime
Washington, DC 20036
National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Office for Victims of Crime
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 96-VF-GO-K003
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Document: PDF|Text
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This overview compendium of corrections-based victim services and programs offers ideas on establishing and enhancing these services, explains their essential components, and offers innovative ideas and practical applications to agencies and professionals who seek to initiate or improve such services.
Abstract: The discussion notes that the inclusion of victims' rights and needs is important because public safety includes victim safety, victims are clients who deserve services and support, and a balanced philosophy recognizes that corrections agencies can be both victim-centered and offender-directed. Therefore, corrections agencies should be advocates for victims, provide direct services such as restitution collection and victim/offender meetings, protect victims from intimidation or harassment by offenders, train staff about victim issues, hold offenders accountable, and educate offenders about crime's impact on victims. Agencies also need to establish strong policies and procedures to protect worker safety and victim assistance when an employee is victimized on or off the job. Other areas that should receive attention include program planning and staffing, program evaluation, client needs assessment, the use of technology to enhance corrections-based victim services, fundraising for victim services, monitoring of legislation, restorative justice, and victim/offender programs. Appended sample forms, worksheets, program materials, and lists of online information resources from the Office of Victims of Crime Resource Center and other Internet resources
Main Term(s): Corrections victims services
Index Term(s): Correctional Personnel Training; Corrections management; Model programs; Occupational safety and health; Parole casework; Program design; Restitution; Victim impact statements; Victim Services Notification; Victim-offender reconciliation; Victim/Witness Advocates; Victims rights
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