Victim participation in the criminal justice system

Author(s)Erez, Edna and Roberts, Julian
Title Victim participation in the criminal justice system
Source Victims of Crime ed Robert Davis, Arthur Lurigio and Susan Herman. 3 rd edition, Sage Publications, 2007 277-297.
Date 2007
Document type Book chapter
Coverage USA
Summary The chapter outlines the reforms regarding victim participatory rights in the USA and other jurisdictions. The opposition to victim impact statements is discussed, including the objections from the legal profession. The chapter further discusses the reasons victim might have for submitting a victim impact statement, such as to ensure justice was done or to influence the outcome of the sentencing hearing. Research has shown that victim participation does not cause delays or expense in the criminal justice administration. An important consideration is the perceptions of the judiciary and surveys indicate that most judges see a benefit in receiving victim impact statements. The validity of the victim impact statement is examined, together with the impact on the sentencing process. The chapter concludes by identifying a need for further research on the effect of victims' reforms.
Keywords Victims rights; victim participation; sentencing;
Topic Victim impact statements; victims rights