Criminal Justice: A Break for the Victim

"The assumption that the claims of the victim are sufficiently satisfied if the offender is punished by society becomes less persuasive as society in its dealings with offenders increasingly emphasizes the reformative aspects of punishment. Indeed, in the public mind the interests of the offender may not infrequently seem to be placed before those of his victim."

So declared a British Government White Paper that probed the country's rising crimes of violence and pointed the way for a 1964 experiment: compensation for people who suffer physical injury at the hands of wrongdoers....

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