Do you think that victim impact statements influence a judge in the sentence he or she will impose?

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The victim of a crime has the right to address the court prior to the imposition of a sentence. This is known as a victim impact statement and occurs after a finding or plea of guilty and prior to sentencing. Answer the following:

  • Do you think that victim impact statements influence a judge in the sentence he or she will impose? Why or why not?
  • If you were the victim of a crime, what would be the top 3 things you would want the judge to know about how the victimization impacted you?
  • Should victim impact statements be removed from the sentencing phase? Why or why not?
  • Are victim impact statements prejudicial against the defendant? If so, how does this affect the appellate process?
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