Rights for Victims of Crime: Rebalancing Justice (Google eBook)

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Dec 16, 2010 - Social Science - 232 pages
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When the victims of injustice lose faith in their justice system, the crime they've endured cuts only deeper, adding insult to injury. The time has come to face the truth that most victims of crime will not have their needs met and often won't experience our systems of justice as just. This short book makes its readers experts in advocating rights for victims of crime. It empowers taxpayers, voters and (potential) victims of crime to make the case to rebalance justice and support victims. Written for the millions of victims of crime and their friends and families, it helps to transform an antiquated system of criminal and civil justice into a modern system that is just and fair, shifting from neglect to respect and support. While some laws in the USA and elsewhere do support victims by providing assistance, compensation, and protection from the accused, this book also sheds a harsh light upon their inadequate implementation. Police services must catch crooks but make victims their client. Courts must balance rights for defendants and victims. Services for women, children and elderly victims must be adequately funded. Restitution from offenders must be ordered and collected, not overlooked. Fair compensation from the state must change from a secret to a given. The prevention of victimization must be the budget priority not mass incarceration. Despite the speeches and the United Nations norms, governments still leave most victims of crime without basic information, support, and assistance, let alone respect and remedies in courts. If you are not yet one of those victims of crime, social responsibility requires you to ensure that your country's systems of justice are fair to those who are and for them, this book provides an answer.
  

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Waller, a victims' rights expert and former appellate court judge, makes the case that the criminal justice system focuses on perpetrators of crime while neglecting victims. Armed with statistics and ... Read full review

Contents

Reinvigorating the Victim Rights Movement
1
What about Victims of Crime?
11
Europe and North America Proclaim Japan Delivers
35
Victims at the Zenith of Law Enforcement
55
Support Mental Health and Assistance
77
Reparation from Offender State and Civil Suits
97
Victims Represented and Heard
115
Victimization Prevention as Return on Investment
133
Investment to Rebalance Justice for Crime Victims
153
Appendix DRAFT MODEL LAW TO REBALANCE JUSTICE BY IMPLEMENTING EFFECTIVELY RIGHTS FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME
173
NOTES
185
PRINCIPAL SOURCES
197
INDEX
203
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
211
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Irvin Waller is a pioneer of the victim rights movement in the USA and a leader internationally. He is a Professor at the University of Ottawa and Vice-President of the International Organization for Victim Assistance. He was elected to the board of the National Organization for Victim Assistance in 1979 and has served since on numerous occasions on international organizations on victim assistance. He is a popular speaker and has won recognition across the world for making a difference to victim rights and prevention of victimization (the ultimate right). His recent book Less Law, More Order: The Truth about Reducing Crime (available in 5 languages) is making legislators re-think crime policy to prevent violence.

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