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NCJ Number: 30590 Find in a Library
Title: FOR THE VICTIMS OF CRIME - A NEW APPROACH (FROM VICTIMOLOGY - A NEW FOCUS, V 2 - SOCIETY'S REACTION TO VICTIMIZATION, 1974 BY ISRAEL DRAPKIN AND EMILIO VIANO SEE NCJ-15541)
Author(s): R GLATFELTER
Corporate Author: Lexington Books
United States of America
Date Published: 1974
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Lexington Books
New York, NY 10022
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: AFTER REVIEWING THE PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH THE EXISTING FORMS OF VICTIM COMPENSATION - PRIVATE INSURANCE, CIVIL ACTION, AND RESTITUTION - A PROPOSAL IS MADE TO INSTITUTE A PROGRAM OF STATE VICTIM COMPENSATION.
Abstract: THE AUTHOR CONTENDS THAT UNDER THE EXISTING OFFENDERORIENTED CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, OFFENDERS ARE TREATED WITH MORE CARE THAN VICTIMS. HE STATES THAT IF SOCIETY MUST ACCEPT THE BLAME FOR PRODUCING THE CRIMINAL, THEN IT MUST ACCEPT ITS RESPONSIBILITY TO THE VICTIM AND PAY FOR THE DAMAGES SOCIETY'S FAILURE HAS WROUGHT. IT IS NOTED THAT VICTIMS OF CRIME ARE MOST OFTEN THE POOR, THE ELDERLY, MINORITY GROUP MEMBERS, OR THE YOUNG. THESE PEOPLE ARE LEAST ABLE TO AFFORD TRADITIONAL COMPENSATION MEASURES - CRIME INSURANCE AND CIVIL COURT ACTIONS. IT IS ARGUED THAT A STATE COMPENSATION SCHEME WOULD BE THE MOST JUST AND EFFICIENT, SINCE IT WOULD INSURE THAT THE VICTIM WILL RECEIVE THE SAME CONSIDERATION GIVEN TO THE CRIMINAL WOULD ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO REPORT A GREATER PERCENTAGE OF CRIMES, AND WOULD ENCOURGAE CITIZEN PARTICIPATION WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)
Index Term(s): Crime costs; Crime insurance; Fines; Restitution; Victim compensation; Victimology
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