Compensation for Victims of Crime

  • By:Richard L. Worsnop
  • Content Type: Report
  • Publisher: CQ Press
    • Publication year: 1965
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Archive Report

Plans for Compensating Crime Victims

The Victim of violent crime is modern society's forgotten man. Although the state makes every effort to apprehend, punish and reform the criminal, it does nothing to repair the damage inflicted upon his victim. A Belgian penologist, Adolphe Prins, sarcastically summed up contemporary criminal procedure 70 years ago: “The guilty man—lodged, fed, clothed, warmed…entertained at the expense of the state in a model cell—issues from it with a sum of money lawfully earned; he has paid his debt to society; he can set his victims at defiance; but the victim has this consolation, he can think that by the taxes he pays the treasury, he has contributed towards the paternal care which has guarded the criminal during his stay in ...

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