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NCJ Number: 98262 Find in a Library
Title: National Conference of the Judiciary on the Rights of Victims of Crime - Keynote and Current Developments
Author(s): L H Herrington
Date Published: Unknown
Sponsoring Agency: National Tribal Judicial Ctr
Reno, NV 89557
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Tribal Judicial Ctr
National Judicial College
Judicial College Building/MS 358
Reno, NV 89557
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This video of Assistant Attorney General Lois Herrington's keynote address summarizes the findings and recommendations of the President's Task Force on Victims of Crime, reviews Federal initiatives to facilitate more effective victim services, and offers suggestions for judges intended to improve court responses to victims' needs.
Abstract: The task force conducted hearings in six cities, receiving testimony from crime victims, criminal justice professionals, and medical professionals involved in treating crime victims. The task force generally concluded that the criminal justice system's treatment of crime victims is unacceptably insensitive, with relatively few resources devoted to meeting victim needs and involving them in case processing. Task force recommendations pertain to protecting victims/witnesses from intimidation, informing victims about and involving them in case processing, and developing programs to help meet victims' psychological and physical needs resulting from their victimization. Federal initiatives to improve services to victims include the establishment of an Office of Victim Programs, creation of a national clearinghouse on victim issues, development of model legislation for the States, sponsorship of training programs for criminal justice personnel, and funds for proven victim-witness programs. Judges can improve court victim services by receiving training in court response to victims, allowing victims/witnesses to be on call during the trial, providing separate courthouse rooms for defense and prosecution witnesses, granting continuances sparingly, using victim impact statements in sentencing, and increasing sanctions for child molesters.
Index Term(s): Federal programs; Judicial councils and conferences; Judicial educational programs; Task force reports; Victim impact statements; Victim reactions to crime; Victim services; Victim-witness intimidation; Videotapes
Note: video cassette, 45 minutes running time, color, available through rental program only.
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