Victim impact statements are typically presented before an offender is sentenced, although they may also be requested in advance of decisions to release a prisoner. The following articles and resources concern how and why victims prepare victim impact statements.

The value of victim impact statements in court

Source: (2000) Paper presented at the 10th International Symposium on Victimology held in Montreal, Canada, 6-11 August.Victim impact statements constitute one of the ways in which victims of crime are participating more significantly in the crimi... Read More

In defense of victim impact statements.

Source: (2009) Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law. 6:611-648.My argument proceeds in four substantive parts. It begins in Part I by briefly tracing the crime victims' rights movement in this country, which, in recent years, has successfully argue... Read More

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