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Victims and victims' rights
Faherty, Sara.
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Philadelphia : Chelsea House, [1999]

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111 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Explores victims and victims' rights from various perspectives, including the psychological consequences of victimization, the divergent responses of victims seeking justice and emotional healing, and the tension between granting the wishes of victims and protecting the rights of criminal defendants.
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HV6250.3.U5 F34 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This new title in the CRIME, JUSTICE & PUNISHMENT series is an introductory exploration into the fine balance between protecting victims of crime and wrongdoing and ensuring a fair hearing for the accused, a critical survey of defendants' versus victims' rights.

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Gr. 7-12. This brief book, part of the Justice and Punishment series, gives junior-high and high-school students a multifaceted overview of the victims' rights movement as it has developed in the U.S. over the past quarter century, from the first early complaints about "defendants being given all the rights" to recent attempts to pass a victims' rights constitutional amendment. Faherty touches all the bases in seven chapters, referring to recent sensational crime trials; discussing psychological and emotional problems of crime victims; noting victims' attempts to gain justice and personal peace through political and social activism; discussing the problem of victim impact statements versus protection of the defendant; and giving in-depth coverage of recent pertinent Supreme Court decisions. Eye-catching black-and-white photographs and topic inserts supplement the text and add human interest. There is a very brief bibliography and a table of cases but no chapter notes. Leigh Glenn's Victims (1997) is a much better resource for older students, though it is less up-to-date; however, this is still a helpful book for junior-high and high-school students looking for information and discussion of recent trials and Supreme Court decisions involving victims and victims' rights. (Reviewed March 15, 1999)0791043088Jean Franklin



Sometimes the legal system seems to treat the criminal better than the victim. This book explores the effects of victimization and efforts to balance the rights of the accused with the rights of victims. Excerpted from Victims and Victims' Rights by Sara Faherty All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.