Keep me informed: what matters to victims as they navigate the juvenile criminal justice system in Philadelphia

 

 

Author(s)Carr, Patrick J., Kim A. Logio and Shana Maier
Title Keep me informed: what matters for victims as they navigate the juvenile criminal justice system in Philadelphia
Source International Review of Victimology, 2003, Vol 10, No. 2, pp 117-136
Date 2003
Document type Journal article
Coverage Philadelphia, USA
Summary For this study telephone surveys were conducted with 272 victims of juvenile crime in Philadelphia. One main aim of the study was to measure how informed the respondent felt they were regarding the status of their case. Another aim was to measure the victim's feeling of involvement in the processing of the case. It was found that what mattered most for victims was a positive interaction with justice personnel such as the District Attorney and the provision of timely information. The authors conclude that the provision of rights, such as being able to prepare a victim impact statement may matter less to victims than the provision of basic information and having a positive interaction with police and prosecutors. A recommendation is the development of a victim service that would act as a liaison between the District Attorney and the victim.
Keywords Juvenile offenders; criminal justice system; communication; rights; journey
Topic

Criminal justice system