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Title: CRIME AGAINST THE ELDERLY - THE ROLE OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IN NEW YORK CITY
Author(s): A F JAPHA
Corporate Author: Nova Institute
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 76
Sponsoring Agency: Florence V Burden Foundation
New York, NY 10020
Ford Foundation
New York, NY 10017
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Nova Institute
New York, NY 10003
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: PROGRAMS OPERATED BY THE POLICE AND COURTS OF NEW YORK CITY TO REDUCE THE IMPACT OF CRIME FOR THE ELDERLY ARE ASSESSED. RECOMMENDATIONS ARE MADE FOR BOTH CRIMINAL JUSTICE AGENCIES AND SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES.
Abstract: THE REPORT SURVEYS PATTERNS OF CRIME AGAINST THE ELDERLY, PROCEDURES USED TO PROCESS CRIMES AGAINST THE ELDERLY IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, AND CRIME PREVENTION AND VICTIM ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS OPERATED BY THE POLICE AND COURTS. THESE PROGRAMS INCLUDE PREVENTIVE PATROLS, SECURITY SURVEYS, TALKS BEFORE SENIOR CITIZENS' GROUPS, DECOY OPERATIONS WITH POLICE OFFICERS IMPERSONATING ELDERLY CITIZENS, PATROLS WITHIN BUILDINGS OCCUPIED BY LARGE NUMBERS OF OLDER PERSONS, AND ESCORT PROGRAMS. POST-INCIDENT VICTIM ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS ARE HANDLED THROUGH REFERRALS TO SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES. SPECIAL TEAMS HAVE BEEN FORMED TO INVESTIGATE CRIMES AGAINST ELDERLY PERSONS. SPECIAL PREVENTION AND INVESTIGATION PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN FORMED IN COOPERATION WITH THE NEW YORK HOUSING AUTHORITY. VICTIM AND WITNESS ASSISTANCE PROJECTS HELP ELDERLY CITIZENS FOLLOW-UP A CASE, GET TO THE COURT TO TESTIFY, AND RECOVER STOLEN PROPERTY. THE COURT ALSO IS ACTING TO LIMIT THE NUMBER OF APPEARANCES AN ELDERLY VICTIM MUST MAKE TO PROSECUTE A CASE. THE COURT MONITORING PROJECT OF THE EAST BRONX COUNCIL ON AGING IS DESCRIBED. TREATMENT OF CRIMES AGAINST THE ELDERLY IN FAMILY COURT IS SURVEYED. IT IS CONCLUDED THAT TOO FEW ARE PROCESSED TO FORM AN OPINION ON THE EFFECTIVENESS OF FAMILY COURT'S HANDLING OF SUCH CASES. THE CONCLUSIONS NOTE THAT CRIME AGAINST THE ELDERLY HAS DECREASED IN NEW YORK CITY AND ENCOURAGES CONTINUATION OF THE SPECIAL PATROLS AND OTHER CRIME PREVENTION EFFORTS. TARGETED DISTRIBUTION OF SECURITY DEVICES TO LOW-INCOME PERSONS IN HIGH-CRIME AREAS IS SUGGESTED, AS IS CONTINUED CITIZEN EDUCATION. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT POLICE OFFICERS WORK MORE CLOSELY WITH SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES TO ARRANGE FOR EMERGENCY AID; THAT PROCEDURES FOR RECOVERY OF STOLEN PROPERTY FROM POLICE AND COURT STOREROOMS BE SIMPLIFIED; THAT EFFORTS TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF APPEARANCES A VICTIM MUST MAKE IN COURT BE INTENSIFIED; AND THAT A PROCEDURE TO ROUTINELY INFORM BOTH POLICE INVESTIGATORS AND THE VICTIM OF THE OUTCOME OF A CASE BE ESTABLISHED. A PREVIOUS STUDY ON THE ROLE OF SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES IN HELPING CRIME VICTIMS IS APPENDED. (GLR)
Index Term(s): Community crime prevention programs; Elderly victim services; Elderly victims; Fear of crime; New York; Police crime-prevention; Police services for victims; Victim Services Notification; Victim-witness programs; Victimization; Victimology
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