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.

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Victims' Rights: Selected full-text books and articles

The Rights of Crime Victims By James H. Stark; Howard W. Goldstein Bantam Books, 1985
Public Compensation to Victims of Crime By Herbert Edelhertz; Gilbert Geis Praeger Publishers, 1974
The Costs of Crime and Justice By Mark A. Cohen Routledge, 2005
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Victim Costs"
Transformation: The Promise and Politics of Empowerment By Clint Bolick ICS Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "Victims' Rights" begins on p. 144
After Homicide: Practical and Political Responses to Bereavement By 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 By Aldana-Pindell, Raquel Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, Vol. 35, No. 5, November 2002
Politics and Plea Bargaining: Victims' Rights in California By Candace McCoy University of Pennsylvania Press, 1993
Human Rights and the Politics of Victimhood By Meister, Robert Ethics & International Affairs, Vol. 16, No. 2, October 2002
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