Certainty of Justice: Reform in the Crime Victim Movement (Social Problems and Social Issues (Walter Paperback))

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Under the banner of rights of crime victims, a social movement that started in the late 1970s now promotes new laws and social services in the victims' behalf. Like many previous American reform movements, this one is diverse, sometimes reactionary, filled with borrowed ideas, and permeated with self-serving elements. It has already changed our concept of justice, by defining a role for crime victims (and their family members) beyond the evidentiary need of the prosecution in a court of law. It demands that the law, standing in for society as a whole, use its authority to demonstrate the triumph of good over evil rather than to bear out the bureaucratic process.

Weed portrays the victims' rights movement as having developed out of a confluence of very different agendas for social action: the national conservative crusade for law and order on one side, and the feminist movement's concern with violent crimes against women on the other. As the movement has gained momentum it has acquired a complex organizational system of national centers and grass roots groups.

Certainty of Justice takes an inside look at this system – at some of the people who run these groups, and at the issues promoted by their agenda. It also examines some of the consequences of the work of the movement, reflected in recent changes in state and federal laws enacted and decisions rendered in the name of "victims' rights."

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Since the late 1970s, the movement portrayed in this volume has been demanding that the law stand in for society as a whole, and use its authority to demonstrate the triumph of good over evil rather than simply to bear out the bureaucratic process. In so doing, its proponents are changing our concept of justice by defining a role for crime victims beyond the evidentiary need of the prosecution in a court of law. Weed examines the complex organizational system and grass roots groups affiliated with the movement, and takes a look from within at their leaders and agendas. His study also details the recent changes in state and federal laws and the legal decisions rendered in the name of "victims' rights".

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Frank J. Weed is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Weed received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Missouri. He has studied various organizations that constitute the victims rights movement and has published numerous articles on the subject. Widely published in major sociological journals, he is coauthor of the book, Conflict in Organizations.

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