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Title: Victim/Witness Assistance Project, Operations Report, Third Quarter 1978 and Fourth Quarter 1978
Corporate Author: Vera Institute of Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 56
Sponsoring Agency: New York City, New York
New York, NY
New York City Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
New York, NY
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
Albany, NY 12203-3764
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Vera Institute of Justice
New York, NY 10279
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This final report provides an overview of all components of the Victim/Witness Assistance Project (New York), an evaluation of the project's strengths and weaknesses as revealed during its first 3 years of operation.
Abstract: The project changed its status from demonstration to institutionalization as a result of the administrative transfer of its operation from the Vera Institute of Justice to the newly (1978) created Victim Services Agency (VSA) both based in New York. The report restates the major goals of the project: the appearance management of police and civilian prosecution witnesses in criminal court and assistance services to crime victims. The latter include a crime hotline, emergency repairs for burglary victims, transportation to and from court when needed, a witness reception center for awaiting court when needed, a witnesses, and a services counselor for persons with social service needs. The Victim/Witness Assistance Project staff is now operating an upgraded witness notification system, assisted by a computerized data base on all cases arraigned since 1976. In addition to providing services to crime victims and witnesses to mitigate the inconveniences involved in court appearances, the project's staff implemented new criminal justice delivery programs, including mediation (especially in case of prior victim-offender relationship), restitution, and victim involvement (the latter aimed at improving victim attitudes toward the criminal justice system). The report includes an evaluation of the weaknesses and strengths of the project (among the latter, a savings by all project components valued at $3.7 million). The text includes numerous graphs and tabular data, and eight footnotes.
Index Term(s): Alternative dispute settlement; New York; Victim services; Victim-witness programs; Witness assistance; Witnesses
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