Frida G. – BASIS Scottsdale

BASIS Scottsdale Senior Frida G.

Beyond the Verdict: The Victim's Role in the Criminal Justice System

Project/blog link: Beyond the Verdict: The Victim's Role in the Criminal Justice System
BASIS Advisor: Mr. Adam Atkinson
Internship location: Arizona Department of Corrections Victim Services
Onsite Mentor: Ms. Jaquel Moody, Supervisor, Victim Advocate

Project Abstract

Every day on the news, it seems there is a story about crime: a robbery at gunpoint, a missing child, a violent sexual assault. When we see these stories, we often feel concerned for a moment and then continue on with our day. Unfortunately for many, the concern does not end with a five minute news segment. Although victims' lives are forever changed as they attempt to recover from horrific events, the public only sees a slight glimpse of their lives and tends to quickly forget their stories. The needs of the victim are not always adequately fulfilled through the criminal justice system. Fortunately, Arizona Victim Services provides support for the victim post-conviction. However, depending on the case, this is sometimes not enough. For instance, once the defendant is released from prison, the victim does not have access to information like his or her whereabouts. Victims are only allowed to know the general area where their perpetrator(s) lives. Although they can obtain orders of protection against these individuals, this may not be enough. Can it really prevent someone from becoming a victim once again? This project aims to show the types of reform and advocacy that are necessary to enhance the amount of support and representation available to victims of serious crimes. Using the observations I make during my experience at Victim Services, I will identify important steps for victims to receive fair treatment and representation within the criminal justice system.

Beyond the Verdict: The Victim's Role in the Criminal Justice System