Victim Impact Statements: Do They Work?


swidaCrime victims want their day in court and being part of the sentencing process is one of the most therapeutic things they can do, argues a new study,” In Defense of Victim Impact Statements.”

Paul G. Cassell, a law professor at University of Utah – S.J. Quinney College of Law, wrote the study after meeting parents trying to deliver a victim impact statement at the sentencing of the man who sold the handgun that killed their daughter. Critics claim that victim statements have little impact on sentencing severity, and therefore should be stricken from the courts.

Read the report here.

Use the Crime Report for more information on crime victims.

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