Callie Rennison Defines Victim Impact Statement

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      [Victim Impact Statement]CALLIE MARIE RENNISON, PhD: A victim impact statementis an important element of victimology.I think it's important for studentsto understand the history, and to understandwhy it's so important.Not that long ago, victims had virtually no rolein the criminal justice system.At most, they were a witness to a crime.

    • 00:26

      And this was very difficult for them.They didn't have input into any part of it.And over time, laws have changed,and the way we handle victims has changed.And they're now much more involved.It's not perfect.We have a lot of improvements to do, but one of the improvementsis the use of a victim impact statement.And this is a statement that a victim or somebodywho survives the victim can write for the judge.

    • 00:46

      It can talk about how the victimization has affectedtheir family in many ways-- emotionally,psychologically, financially.This is a way for the victim to be heard.Now, there's a lot of variation in jurisdictionsabout how they're given.It might be given from the prosecutor.It might be given from the victim,or the family of the victim.It might be given early on or later on.

    • 01:06

      So it's important for somebody to look at their own stateto see how that is taken care of.

Callie Rennison Defines Victim Impact Statement

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Professor Callie Rennison describes the victim impact statement as a way for a crime victim to have a voice in the adjudication of the crime.

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Callie Rennison Defines Victim Impact Statement

Professor Callie Rennison describes the victim impact statement as a way for a crime victim to have a voice in the adjudication of the crime.

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