Victims of Crime and Community Justice

Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2005 M05 15 - 176 páginas

Can a victim's experience really be improved purely by diminishing the rights of offenders and increasing penalties for offending?

Writing at a time when the UK is beginning to accept that an offender-led criminal justice system cannot provide direct benefits to the victim of crime, Dr Brian Williams lays bare the assumptions about victims and offenders that currently restrict efficient policy-making. He evaluates proposed solutions, including restorative justice and informal community justice, and draws on evidence and experiences from the UK and around the world to investigate which measures have proved effective and how criminal justice policies might be redressed.

This book provides a thorough and comprehensive analysis of the topic for students of criminology and victimology, and is essential reading for practitioners in social work and probation officers.


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Página 14 - The Government do not accept that the State is liable for injuries caused to people by the acts of others. The public does, however, feel a sense of responsibility for and sympathy with the innocent victim, and it is right that this feeling should find practical expression in the provision of compensation on behalf of the community.
Página 14 - Fry noted, and she drew a direct analogy to the industrial insurance program in concluding that "the logical way of providing for criminally inflicted injuries would be to tax every adult citizen * * * to cover a risk to which each is exposed.

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Dr Brian Williams was Professor of Community Justice and Victimology at De Montfort University in Leicester. He served on the Executive of the British Society of Criminology and was a volunteer training officer for a local Victim Support scheme. He published widely on victims of crime, including (as editor) Reparation and Victim-Focussed Social Work.

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