The Victims’ Rights Movement : : What It Gets Right, What It Gets Wrong / / Michael Vitiello, Michael Vitiello.
Outlines the successes and failures of the movement to support survivors of violenceThe Victims’ Rights Movement (VRM) has been one of the most meaningful criminal justice reforms in the United States. Every state and the federal government has adopted major VRM laws to enact protections for victims...
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Introduction: The View from 30,000 Feet --
1 A Brief History of the Victims’ Rights Movement --
2 What the Victims’ Rights Movement Gets Right --
3 Victimhood, Demagoguery, and Mental Health --
4 The Warren Court’s Criminal Procedure Revolution and Its Inspiration for the Victims’ Rights Movement --
5 Eliminating and Extending Statutes of Limitations --
6 Victim Impact Statements and an Assessment of the Value of a Human Life --
7 California’s Three Strikes and You’re Out Legislation A Case Study in the VRM’s Excesses --
8 What Should We Do if We Really Want to Help Victims? --
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|Outlines the successes and failures of the movement to support survivors of violenceThe Victims’ Rights Movement (VRM) has been one of the most meaningful criminal justice reforms in the United States. Every state and the federal government has adopted major VRM laws to enact protections for victims and increase criminal sanctions, and the movement has received support from politicians of all backgrounds. Despite recognition of its excesses, the movement remains an important force in the criminal justice arena.The Victims' Rights Movement offers a measured overview of the successes and the failures of the VRM. Among its widely acknowledged accomplishments are expanded resources to help victims deal with trauma, greater sensitivity to sexual assault victims in many jurisdictions, and increased chances of victims receiving restitution from perpetrators of harm. Conversely, the movement has led to excessive punishment for many defendants and destruction of defendants’ families. It has exacerbated racial inequality in the imposition of the death penalty and criminal sentencing generally, and falsely promises “closure” to crime victims and their families.Michael Vitiello considers whether the VRM serves those injured by crime well by focusing on “victimhood.” He urges a reframing of the movement to fight for universal health care and limits on access to weapons—two policies that would reduce the number of victims and help those who do become victims of crime.
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