Rights to Crime Victims Hannah Hardy

Victims' Rights - Offices of the United States Attorney

"In 1982, President Ronald Reagan created the President’s Task Force on Victims of Crime to address the needs of the millions of Americans and their families who are victimized by crime every year. The task force’s goal was to review the policies and programs affecting crime victims and then advise the President and the Attorney General with respect to actions to improve efforts to assist and protect vicitms. Among its many findings was the lack of compensation and services for crime victims and a large imbalance between a defendant’s rights and those of the victim. As a result, the task force made many recommendations to the President and the Attorney General."

In this article a summary lead was used.

In 2014, U.S residents age 12 or older experienced an estimated 5.4 million victimizations. 5.4 million is number that should stick out to you as abnormally large, so imagine how many of those victims were left in the dark after their trial was over. The bad guy was caught, so shouldn't that be enough? No. The victims are still out there, many cold, lonely, depressed, and helpless. Their only light at the end of the tunnel being the few bystanders in the world eager to help. One being President Ronald Reagan.

For this lead I used the creative technique.

Who- Ronald Reagan

What- Created the President's task force on victims of crime to address the needs of the millions of Americans and their families who are victimized by crime every year

Where- Not mentioned

When- 1982

Why- So that the many people victimized and left without help will now have hope for their future

How- The task force reviewed the policies and programs affecting crime victims and then advise the President and the Attorney General with respect to actions to improve efforts to assist and protect vicitms

"In addition to the rights granted under the CRVA, crime victims receive services to help them through the criminal justice process. Pursuant to The Attorney General Guidelines for Victim and Witness Assistance, victim service professionals in the various investigative agencies and litigating components in the Department of Justice provide numerous services to victims of federal crimes. These services begin at the investigative stage and continue through the prosecution stage, post conviction proceedings, and imprisonment. The services include emergency assistance, counseling and social service referrals, assistance with creditors, providing information about victim impact statements, assistance with securing victim compensation, and restitution information."

After a long fight, crime victims now not only receive the rights granted under CRVA, but they also receive services to help them through the criminal justice process. This means that when going through some of the hardest parts of our justice system, the thought to be helpless victims will always have someone to fight that fight with them. This is important to anyone who was left alone after the most painful experiment of their life. This is why our former 40th president of the United States devoted some of his time to protecting the ones who weren't always.

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