Bring the Victim Back in? The Experiences of Victims of Juvenile Crime in Philadelphia

Kim A. Logio, St. Joseph's University
Patrick Carr, St. Joseph's University

This paper presents data from a study of victims of juvenile crime in Philadelphia County. Recent legislation has attempted to focus more resources on including victims of crime, especially juvenile crime, in the process of prosecuting cases. The strategies range from providing victim support services to providing more information on the judicial process itself. This study of a cohort of victims of juvenile crime for the year from April 1999 to May 2000 surveyed a random sample of victims drawn from a database of over 3,000 victims and conducted telephone interviews with over 200 victims. Researchers also conducted a number of focus groups. The data presented illustrate the victim experience in Philadelphia County and assesses whether victims of juvenile crime are involved in the judicial process.

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