ERIC Number: ED160972
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Compensating Victims of Violent Crime: Potential Costs and Coverage of a National Program.
Garofalo, James; Sutton, L. Paul
Data generated from an ongoing national crime victimization survey and details about the circumstances and consequences of personal crimes form the basis for estimating the cost of a national program to compensate victims of violent crime. Victim compensation programs represent an attempt to rectify the neglect of the victim. Uncertainty about the potential costs of these programs has resulted in disinclination to enact such programs. Using the technique of victimization surveying, the National Crime Survey has produced a great amount of information that is relevant to projecting the cost of a victim compensation program. Although an anlysis of cost issues can be guided by features of existing State compensation programs, the NCS findings indicate that some of the restrictions in these programs are not relevant to the types of people most likely to be victimized. The estimates of the costs of such a national program to compensate victims of violent crimes are necessarily tentative, and range from $144 million to $261 million depending on the particular minimum loss criteria used. (BN)
Descriptors: Cost Estimates, Criminal Law, Legal Costs, National Surveys, Program Development, Research Projects, Victims of Crime
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., 20402 (Stock no. 027-000-00643-4)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Criminal Justice Information and Statistics Service (Dept. of Justice/LEAA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A