victims rights

victims rights,

rights of victims to have a role in the prosecution of the perpetrators of crimes against them. Nearly all U.S. states have enacted some victims rights legislation. Such laws typically ensure that victims receive respectful and compassionate treatment, that they are informed at critical stages of the criminal prosecution, and that their courtroom attendance and comments are invited when appropriate. Some critics have voiced the fear that such laws influence the outcome of trials by assuming the accused is guilty.
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The role of advocates in the Victims Rights Unit goes beyond providing a steady presence and support at court hearings and trials.
The rules give victims rights, protection and supports but the Government has failed to meet a deadline to legislate it.
Victims rights' advocates say no taxpayer money is actually saved on early release because inmate care moves to other government programs.
See Alaska Office of Victims' Rights, Office of Victims Rights Staff available at http://www.officeofvictimsrights.legis.state.ak.us/ovrstaff.htm (last visited Oct.
For example, in 1990, Congress passed the federal Victims Rights and Restitution Act -- better known as the Victims' Bill of Rights.
Three of these deal with juvenile justice while two address the subject of victims rights. Each tends to favor the increased federalization of the criminal justice system.
Many state constitutions give crime victims rights to notices of various proceedings and rights to participate in the proceedings.

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