Victim Rights Law Case Study

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Victim’s right laws provided the victim with protection, information, fairness, and rights to work with the attorney for the Government in the case. According to Schmalleger & Smykla (2014), on page 464-465, the victim’s rights include: protected from the accused, notice of proceeding involving the accused and seeking services, right to a public proceeding, such as a plea, release or sentencing, work with federal prosecutor handling the case, restitution provided by law, no delay, and to be treated with fairness, respect, and privacy. Protection for the accused is a threat made by the accused or members linked to them, potential retaliation during the proceeding, or any form of intimidation. A victim has a right to seek services and provide …show more content…
The right to participate in a proceeding allows the victim to have the opportunity to testify against the accused. When it comes to a crime, the victim is the prime witness in a case. By participating, the victim can express their rights and allow their voice to be heard. They can tell their side of the story and provide the impact statement to the jury. Their participation can help the case more and have a higher chance of getting their accused sent to jail. By giving information about what was witnessed, it provides closure and a bond between the justice system. There can be a change where a victim does not participate due to emotional stress. This can cause the accused to end up not guilty just based upon their main witness not testifying and providing information to the system. At the end of the day, the justice system wants to help people, but to do so they need cooperation. To know the accused is free due to the victim not cooperating with the justice system can cause more traumatic stress to the victim. I believe the justice system should be more forward with this right from a therapeutic …show more content…
The whole purpose of the correctional facility is to help get someone the help they need and to uphold the law. They do not mean to punish, but rather correct mistakes being made. Correctional facilities are there “working for the good of the individual and society by promoting mental health and well-being”(American Counseling Association., 2014 p. 3). When it comes to correctional facilities they try to offer programs to give criminals another chance at re-establishing themselves. Both parties have to agree on establishing rehabilitation programs that counselors recommend. This gives the option of the inmate complying to the rules for a chance at reconnecting to society. “Legal liability issues” is when correctional facilities and their staff must adhere to state and federal laws. Standard policies and procedures have to be done, as well as training involved to avoid any possible lawsuit. By eliminating potential conflicts with the state, correctional facilities are responsible for the actions of their officers. Each officer must adhere to all policies and laws to perform their duty and maintain security. By doing so it avoids actions that cause harm and treat individuals equitably by fostering fairness and equality ”(American Counseling Association., 2014 p. 3). According to Schmalleger & Smykla (2014), on page 18, “Members shall

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