The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development

Submission to Inquiry on Victims' Rights 2006

Summary

  • The protection of victims’ rights is not achieved by denying the rights of prisoners, or seeing their concerns and needs as competing interests.
  • The pain and suffering of victims should be heard, but it should not be responded to by calls for vengeance.
  • Offenders are let off the hook by being imprisoned without reconciling with their victims.
  • We support th greater involvement of victims in court process, through mechanisms such as restorative justice hearings.
  • The victime, rather than the state, should be the recipient of any compensation payments.
  • A focus on restorative justice would likely benefit M

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