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To better incorporate victim input on negotiated plea agreements into the
criminal justice process, concisely worded legislation that defines key terms
can help avoid misconceptions by prosecutors and victims. Well-written statutory
language that clarifies the prosecutors obligations toward victims
encourages more consistent application of the right to confer for all victims.
Moreover, certification of efforts to consult with victims before pleas can
be accepted may be a valuable tool for ensuring compliance. Finally, criminal
justice professionals should be familiar with laws governing victim input and
should help victims understand their meaning.
|Victim Input Into Plea
Agreements, Legal Series Bulletin #7
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