In Defense of Victim Impact Statements

38 Pages Posted: 5 Sep 2009

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Paul G. Cassell

University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law

Date Written: September 4, 2009


This paper provides a comprehensive justification of "victim impact statements" in criminal sentencing, explaining how such statements are important to crime victims and how the critics of such statements fail to grapple with the need for these statements to victims.

Keywords: victim, crime victim, victim impact statement, criminal justice, sentencing, restitution

JEL Classification: K4, K41, K42

Suggested Citation

Cassell, Paul G., In Defense of Victim Impact Statements (September 4, 2009). Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, Vol. 6, No. 611, 2009. Available at SSRN:

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