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Wendelin M. Hume

In: Courts, Law, and Justice

Chapter 20: Victim Rights and Restitution

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Victim Rights and Restitution
Victim rights and restitution

In the United States the crime victims' movement started primarily at the grassroots level in the early 1960s, in conjunction with movements for both women and civil rights. In the beginning of the victim's movement, the main goals were to make society aware that crime victims exist, they may need help to overcome the trauma they experienced, and they need humane treatment in the hands of the criminal justice system. Changes began at the grassroots level with efforts such as separate court waiting rooms for victims, as well as various states instituting compensation and restitution initiatives for crime victims, beginning with California in 1965 and ending with Maine in 1992. Services offered to victims vary greatly from state ...

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