My Article on Defining the Term “Victim” in Crime Victims’ Rights Enactments
Today, I posted on SSRN my new, co-authored law review article regarding how to define the term “victim” in the Crime Victims Rights Act and other crime victims’ rights enactments. Here’s a summary:
Who qualifies as a “victim” is the critical foundational question for the Crime Victims’ Rights Act (CVRA) and other crime victims’ rights laws. This article provides the first comprehensive exploration of this “victim” definition question. It traces out how the CVRA (and many states) define the term “victim” as broadly covering anyone who has been harmed as the result of a crime.
This article begins by reviewing how issues surrounding the definition of “victim” have evolved in the criminal justice system since the Nation’s founding. In the last several decades, as crime victims’ rights protections have proliferated, it has become necessary to define “victim” with
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