Criminal Justice: Paying the Victim

If the brigand be not captured, the man who has been robbed shall, in the presence of God, make an itemized statement of his loss, and the city and the governor shall compensate him. —Code of Hammurabi, circa 2250 B.C.

Is a government responsible for crimes committed against its citizens? Yes, say victims of New York City's recent Negro riots, who by last week had sued the city for $1,500,000 under an old state law making cities liable for riot-incurred property damage on the ground that police failed to keep the peace (TIME, Aug. 7). Yes, says New York's Republican Senator...

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