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You are associated with the National Institute of Justice. Your organization has assigned you to assess the future of victims' rights in the criminal justice system.

What is the need for creating a constitutional amendment that assures a certain level of victims' rights in all courts?

Is such an amendment necessary or are victim's rights already protected?

What are some of the rights that could be guaranteed to victims?

How would these rights affect or conflict with the rights of offenders in the system?

What are the other pros and cons of creating such an amendment?

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What is the need for creating a constitutional amendment that assures a certain level of victims' rights in all courts?

--- There is a crucial need for creating an amendment that assures the rights of victims in all courts. Currently, the offenders have more constitutional rights than the victim. The offender has speedy trial rights, the right to counsel, the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure, the right to not self-incriminate, and the right to due process. The victim has substantially less rights, and under the constitution, no rights are guaranteed to victims. The courts don't even have to notify victims of hearings that are scheduled, for crimes that they were the victim of, and courts have limited obligations where the victim is concerned.

Is such an amendment necessary or are victim's ...

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You are associated with the National Institute of Justice. Your organization has assigned you to assess the future of victims' rights in the criminal justice system.

What is the need for creating a constitutional amendment that assures a certain level of victims' rights in all courts?

Is such an amendment necessary or are victim's rights already protected?

What are some of the rights that could be guaranteed to victims?

How would these rights affect or conflict with the rights of offenders in the system?

What are the other pros and cons of creating such an amendment?

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