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Victim Rights and Criminal Justice Reform

NCJ Number
Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science Volume: 494 Dated: (November 1987) Pages: 139-144
L H Herrington
Date Published
6 pages
The rise of the victims' movement and the increased willingness of people to become involved in community crime prevention programs are two factors that are increasing peoples' willingness to report crime and that are helping change the previously disgraceful treatment of victims by the criminal justice system.
State laws and programs to assist victims have also grown tremendously in recent years. However, the greatest hope for a long-term decline in the crime rate lies in strengthening individuals' ties to family and community. Crime is a divisive force, and must be counteracted by cementing society through shared values. At home, in school,in religious institutions, and in the community, values must be affirmed that best prevent crime. 2 footnotes. (Author abstract modified)