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NCJ Number: 64528 Find in a Library
Title: CRIME VICTIMS - AN AGENDA FOR THE 1980S (FROM ANATOMY OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE - A SYSTEM OVERVIEW, 1980, BY CLEON H FOUST AND D ROBERT WEBSTER - SEE NCJ-64520)
Author(s): E YOUNGER
Corporate Author: Lexington Books
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: Lexington Books
New York, NY 10022
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: CRIME VICTIMS, NEGLECTED BY THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, COMPLAIN OF FEAR OF REPRISALS FROM CRIMINALS, LACK OF INFORMATION, SLOW TRIALS, AND LEADING ATTITUDES BY OFFICIALS.
Abstract: CRIME VICTIMS ARE ATTRACTING NEW ATTENTION AND INTEREST. HOWEVER, ALTHOUGH NEARLY HALF THE STATES IN THE U.S. HAVE PASSED COMPENSATION LAWS FOR CRIME VICTIMS, MOST PROGRAMS HAVE FUNDING DIFFICULTIES OR REQUIRE APPLICANTS TO BE POOR. FEDERAL COMPENSATION FUNDS ARE LIMITED TO 25 PERCENT OF ALL AWARDS. CARE AND SUCCOR OF CRIME VICTIMS IS LIMITED BY THE CURRENT PROTECTIVE ATTITUDE TOWARD CRIMINAL DEFENDANTS, AND CRIME VICTIMS ARE IGNORED AND INCONVENIENCED IN MANY WAYS BY COURTS, PROSECUTORS, AND POLICE. VICTIMS SUFFICIENTLY BRAVE TO TESTIFY ARE NOT USUALLY OFFERED PROTECTION, AND CANNOT USUALLY GET INFORMATION ABOUT A CASE ONCE IT IS IN THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM. ALTHOUGH VIOLENT STREET CRIME IS THE MOST FEARED, MOST VIOLENT CRIMES OCCUR BETWEEN FRIENDS OR RELATIONS. BUT SOCIETY IS AMBIVALENT IN DEALING WITH DOMESTIC CRIME, ALTHOUGH THE WOMEN'S MOVEMENT HAS BEEN EFFECTING MORE WIFE-BEATING ARRESTS AND TRIALS. NEVERTHELESS, HOW MUCH THE CRIMINAL PROCESS SHOULD INTRUDE IN DOMESTIC RELATIONS HAS YET TO BE DECIDED. FINALLY, WITNESS INTIMIDATION BY THE DEFENSE AT TRIAL IS WIDESPREAD BUT POORLY ADDRESSED IN LAW. ALTHOUGH INVESTIGATION OR PROSECUTION OF INTIMIDATION ARE DIFFICULT, THEY MUST BE FOSTERED. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT CITIZEN GROUPS BE SET UP TO ASSIST VICTIMS. NOTES AND AN APPENDED COMMENTARY ARE INCLUDED. (PAP)
Index Term(s): Personal Security/Self Protection; Restitution programs; Victim services; Victim-offender relationships; Victims of Crime; Witness assistance; Witness protection
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