The Value of Victim Impact Statements & WHY CONVICTED CRIMINALS DON’T WANT VICTIMS TO PREPARE THEM.
By Bill Otis

My friend Prof. Erin Sheley of the University of Calgary Law School has a forthcoming paper (in the Brooklyn Law Review) discussing a new lens on the value of victim impact statements.
VICTIM IMPACT STATEMENTS have long been debated in the law; defendants understandably want their victims muzzled, supposedly in the name of due process, but actually in the name of hiding the destruction their behavior wreaks.

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