Question 1: The majority of victim/witness assistance programs are based in prosecutors offices. However, prosecutors focus mainly on convicting offenders. Do you think this affects how victims are treated by the victim-witness programs? Should these programs be moved elsewhere? If so, where should they be based, and why? If they were moved, what effects could that have on victims and on the prosecutorial process?
Victim participation in restorative justice programs is supposed to be voluntary – no victim should be forced to participate against his or her will. This means that defendants may not have the opportunity to participate in certain types of programs if the victim refuses to participate as well. Is this fair on defendants – to limit their access to some programs based on victim involvement?
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