ERIC Number: ED315673
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Issues Affecting Crime Victims: Background, Current Status, and Implications for Older Persons.
American Association of Retired Persons, Washington, DC.
This packet contains summaries of issues concerning provisions of law affecting victims and their involvement in the criminal justice system. The packet opens by stating that unless victims and witnesses come forward and report criminal activity to law enforcement authorities and are subsequently willing to testify and endure cross-examination in court, the criminal justice system cannot function. A major problem has been that as the law evolved criminal justice authorities unintentionally began to place emphasis on offenders with the result that victims were underserved. Since 1982, however, there has been some restoration of balance to the justice system in the United States and the issue summaries contained in this packet reflect the status of federal and state efforts to respond to the needs of victims. For each of these topics a paper is included which states the issue involved and gives the background of the issue, current status of the issue, and staff commentary. The issues are: (1) victims' bill of rights; (2) funding to support victim assistance programs; (3) victim compensation; (4) restitution; (5) victim impact statements; (6) victim participation at key points of judicial processes; (7) protection from intimidation; (8) amendments to bail laws; (9) restriction of victims' address information; (10) confidentiality of victim counseling; (11) funding for treatment of victims of sexual assault; (12) admissibility of hearsay testimony at preliminary hearings; (13) speedy disposition/trial; (14) notification to victims of court schedule changes; (15) secure waiting areas in court settings; (16) victim attendance at trial; (17) employer/creditor intercession; (18) return of property; (19) victim participation in parole hearings; and (20) prohibitions on profit from criminal activity. Sources of information are included. (ABL)
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), 1909 K Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20049 (Stock No. D13707, first 50 copies free).
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Retired Persons, Washington, DC.