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Victims' Rights


Despite the fact that state legislatures have enacted more than 27,000 laws advancing victims' rights, enforcing those rights may be challenging.34 Without accountability and enforcement, victims may not receive notice of court hearings, may experience breaches in their privacy protections, and may suffer under a burden of unpaid crime-related bills.

A 1998 study conducted by the National Institute of Justice concluded that "where legal protection is strong, victims are more likely to be aware of their rights, to participate in the criminal justice system, to view criminal justice system officials favorably, and to express more overall satisfaction with the system." 35