The State’s Victim: Should the State Grant Rights and Privileges to the Families of Death Row Defendants?
University of Mississippi - School of Law
February 9, 2014
This Article argues that the friends and family of the person condemned to death are victims of the state, which chooses to charge the defendant with a capital crime. Due to the trauma, stress, and the need of support services, the state should define the families of the defendants as victims. Additionally, Part I of this article outlines the victim’s rights movement and the problems that come from society not considering the families of defendants as victims. Part II of this article defines why the state should consider the family of the defendants as victims. Part III of this Article will argue that the state should allow contact visits with the inmate as a recognized right to the defendant and the defendant’s family. Additionally, Part III will argue that the new category of victims deserve equal access to support as the victims of crime, and will supply evidence that supports the introduction of execution impact evidence on behalf of the defendant.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 24
Keywords: death penalty, death row, defendant's family, rights of victimsworking papers series
Date posted: February 10, 2014
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