Identify other special populations of victims and what, if any, laws have been implemented on their behalf – local, state, or federal – as well as those listed in the text.
Determine victim/witness assistance programs in the state. Students can interview victims of crime known to them to determine if victims were informed of their rights and what, if any, rights and/or notifications were provided to them, and if they took advantage of the victims’ fund, and for what purposes.
While victims are provided a number of rights, notification and implementation are inconsistent, and where victims are kept informed, many victims do not take advantage of their rights, and there is no reduction in crime. Given this information and keeping in mind the resource crisis in the CJS, should victims’ rights programs and policies remain or be eliminated?