Accommodating Justice: Victim Impact Statements in the Sentencing Process

Federation Press
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2016, 1, pp. 1 - 194
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Accommodating Justice explores the complex territory where victim impact statements (VISs), the law and legal institutions intersect with a focus on the requirements of justice, most particularly in the courtroom. And it does so from multiple perspectives: courts, offenders and victims. The book draws from a range of theoretical and doctrinal sources as well as empirical studies from Australia, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. An ethnographic study of the performance of VISs in homicide sentencing hearings in the NSW Supreme Court woven through most chapters provides an innovative and evidence-based approach to the issues.
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