Victims' Rights

victims rights

victims rights, rights of victims to have a role in the prosecution of the perpetrators of crimes against them. Nearly all U.S. states have enacted some victims rights legislation. Such laws typically ensure that victims receive respectful and compassionate treatment, that they are informed at critical stages of the criminal prosecution, and that their courtroom attendance and comments are invited when appropriate. Some critics have voiced the fear that such laws influence the outcome of trials by assuming the accused is guilty.

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Victims in the War on Crime: The Use and Abuse of Victims' Rights
Markus Dirk Dubber.
New York University Press, 2002
The Rights of Crime Victims
James H. Stark; Howard W. Goldstein.
Bantam Books, 1985
Victims' Rights and Victims' Wrongs: Comparative Liability in Criminal Law
Vera Bergelson.
Stanford University Press, 2009
With Justice for Some: Protecting Victims' Rights in Criminal Trials
George R. Fletcher.
Addison-Wesley Pub. Co., 1996
Paying for Crime: The Policies and Possibilities of Crime Victim Reimbursement
Susan Kiss Sarnoff.
Praeger, 1996
Victim Compensation: Economic, Legal, and Political Aspects
Roger E. Meiners.
Lexington Books, 1978
Public Compensation to Victims of Crime
Herbert Edelhertz; Gilbert Geis.
Praeger Publishers, 1974
The Costs of Crime and Justice
Mark A. Cohen.
Routledge, 2005
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Victim Costs"
Transformation: The Promise and Politics of Empowerment
Clint Bolick.
ICS Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "Victims' Rights" begins on p. 144
After Homicide: Practical and Political Responses to Bereavement
Paul E. Rock.
Clarendon Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "Justice for Victims and the Mass Media" begins on p. 223
In Vindication of Justiciable Victims' Rights to Truth and Justice for State-Sponsored Crimes
Aldana-Pindell, Raquel.
Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, Vol. 35, No. 5, November 2002
Politics and Plea Bargaining: Victims' Rights in California
Candace McCoy.
University of Pennsylvania Press, 1993
Human Rights and the Politics of Victimhood
Meister, Robert.
Ethics & International Affairs, Vol. 16, No. 2, October 2002
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