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NCJ Number: 112466 Find in a Library
Title: Pain, Suffering, and Jury Awards: A Study of the Cost of Crime to Victims
Journal: Law and Society Review  Volume:22  Issue:3  Dated:(1988)  Pages:537-555
Author(s): M A Cohen
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 19
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study estimates the monetary cost of individual crimes by examining the pain, suffering, and fear endured by crime victims.
Abstract: It combines the methods of previous studies to arrive at crime-specific dollar estimates of the cost of pain, suffering, and fear experienced by crime victims. Estimates are based on the actual risk of injury and death confronting victims. Risks are converted into dollar amounts by considering court awards in personal injury cases for similar injuries and on estimates of the value of life. Using this formula, the cost to individual victims of rape is $51,058; to robbery victims, $12,594; to assault victims, $12,208, and to larceny victims, $181. The cost per individual household of motor vehicle theft is $3,127. The total aggregate cost of victims is $92.6 billion annually. The author demonstrates how these statistics can aid in the formulation of government crime policies. 39 references.
Main Term(s): Crime costs
Index Term(s): Crime surveys; Victimization surveys
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