Joye Frost, director of the U.S. Justice Department’s Office for Victims of Crime in the Obama administration, was named winner of the American Society of Criminology President’s Award by outgoing President James Lynch of the University of Maryland. Lynch said Frost’s work at the agency would have a “profound” impact on the delivery of aid to crime victims.
More than 80 percent of voters approve Marsy’s Law, named for a woman who was killed by her ex-boyfriend. Constitutional amendment requires crime victims to be notified of offenders’ prison releases. Legal organizations opposed the measure.
U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, A Republican former prosecutor and judge in Texas, will retire from Congress next year. Poe and Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA) founded the Congressional Victim’s Rights Caucus, which has been instrumental in the enactment of many laws to protect victims.
Millions of children are suffering potentially long-lasting trauma as a result of exposure to crime. A researcher who coined the term “Triple C-Impact” to describe the phenomenon says local agencies should not wait for policymakers to act.
Hundreds of victims in Wisconsin, the 36th state to offer the service, have signed up for a Safe at Home program that allows them to conceal their residential address. Survivors have been “cobbling together ways to hide their location,” says a state official.
Children are more deeply affected by crime, both directly and indirectly, than previously realized, according to a sobering new research paper from University of Pennsylvania Law School. Bureaucracy and incompetence stand in the way of help.