CJA354 Victims and Crime Evaluation Paper

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Write a 900- to 1,400-word paper that describes roles and functions of individuals in the criminal justice system and how victimization affects each role. Evaluate the roles of prosecutor, defense attorney, criminal, and victim. Summarize how victimization affects each role. Answer the following questions: · What are the goals of sentencing associated with each role? · What are the goals of alternative sanctions? · What recommendations do you have regarding victims’ rights?

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CJA354 Victims and Crime Evaluation PaperNameClassDateProfessorVictims and Crime Evaluation Paper A victim is any individual that is harmed do to the actions of another individual. In criminal law a victim is an injured party that has suffered mental or physical trauma at the hands of the criminal offender. The crime victim can be physically harmed or murdered or just be subject to the loss of their personal property or the deceptive practices of the offender. The victim is exploited by the actions of the offender and the criminal offender will be subject to punishment under the penal code of the state or federal government. The effect of criminal behavior is that someone will be harmed by the unlawful actions of the criminal offender. The Golden Age of victimhood refers to the ability of the victim in ancient times to exact revenge or to determine the punishment that the criminal offender would face for the crime (Schmallerger, 2010). The victim was provided the opportunity to actively engage in the justice process and through this interaction is able to heal from the harm caused by the criminal offender. Later as criminal and penal codes developed in society the focus became more about the rights of society when a crime occurred over the rights of the victim. Victims in the Western world face a society that is more focused on protecting the rights of the offender over protecting the rights of the victim (Zeigenhagen, 2007). Through

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