Source: (2001) Victims of Crime Research Series. Ottawa: Department of Justice Canada, Policy Centre for Victims Issues, Research and Statistics Division.

Noting the persistence of public discontent with institutionalized criminal justice, Alan Young asserts that to understand this discontent it is necessary to acknowledge the growing body of literature that chronicles the plight of victims of crime. Hence, he undertakes in this report a compendious summary of recurring themes found in that literature. The aim is to determine whether victims’ rights reform has had meaningful impact upon the criminal process. Toward this end, Young surveys the history and theory of contemporary criminal justice, as well as victim’s rights and models of criminal justice; victims’ rights in Canada; victim’s rights around the world; and social science perspectives, mediation, and victim satisfaction.

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