Victims and Crime Evaluation

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Victims and Crime Evaluation Tricia Echelberger CJA/354 May 21, 2012 Joseph Caulfield Victims and Crime Evaluation Victimization causes physical and emotional trauma as a direct result of a crime. Injuries victims can suffer are grouped into three categories: financial, physical, and emotional (The National Center for Victims of Crime, 2008). Appropriate support and intervention is necessary from law enforcement, prosecutors, defense attorneys, social workers, and other people involved in the criminal justice system to avoid secondary injuries. All people involved in the process must realize that the victim’s life has been changed and help the victim regain a sense of balance and security by keeping the victim informed during criminal proceedings. Prosecutor’s Role The prosecutor has major influence in the courtroom. The prosecutor is generally elected (the District Attorney), but the Assistant District Attorneys are hired staff. Elected prosecutors are usually in a highly visible role, which allows them to climb the career ladder quickly. The prosecutor represents society, making a crime against one person a crime against society. Prosecutors are responsible to make sure the guilty person is prosecuted and that innocent people are protected from unwarranted prosecution. Prosecutors decide which types of plea bargains to enter and can ask the court to dismiss the charges. Prosecutors have more discretion than any other legal person including judges. A prosecutor’s position is much more difficult than portrayed on television. On television, the prosecutor, or ADA comes in tries the case and leaves. It makes the position look quite easy. The prosecutor has to decide the quality of evidence, policies of the office, court resources that are available to use, and public opinion. The prosecutor is responsible for making sure restitution needs are met. The
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