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Criminal Law

Primary Authority and Government Resources

Arizona Resources

Federal Resources

  • 18 U.S.C. 237 codified in the United States Code enumerates the rights of crime victims.

Texts and Treatises

ASU has a number of online and print resources related to criminal law and procedure. Below is a short list of relevant title from the ASU Library collection and from online resources available to Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law students and faculty. You can search for additional resources in the ASU Library catalog by using subject headings such as Criminal procedure -- United States. Print books available in other ASU libraries may be requested and delivered to you at the Law Library.

Crime, Victims, and Justice: Essays on Principles and Practice (Marijke Malsch & Hendrik Kaptein eds., 2016)
This collection of articles examines the development of crime victims' role in the criminal justice process around the world, examining paradigms such as restorative justice, or providing assistance to people harmed by crime, as well as the concept of inmates providing reparations for their actions through prison labor. 

On the Parole Board (Frederic G. Reamer, 2017)
This book exploring the largely obscure process of determining release of inmates from prison includes an analysis of crime victims' experiences attempting to persuade the board responsible for decisions about inmates who harmed them.

Primer: Crime Victims' Rights (U.S. Sentencing Commission, 2019)
This federal government resource introduces the law governing crime victims' rights in the federal system, how to determine who qualifies as a victim, and details victims' rights to participate in relevant judicial proceedings.

Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives (Leigh Gilmore, 2017)
This volume takes a feminist perspective on testimony, demonstrating how women often face not only unwarranted credibility challenges when testifying, but character assassination. It closely examines historical incidents of such doubt, including Anita Hill's experiences during the confirmation process of a Supreme Court justice, as well as common doubts about crimes such as sexual assault.

Web Resources

Bureau of Justice Statistics
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) collects, analyzes, publishes, and disseminates information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government.  There are several pages that could be helpful to research including Victims and National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS).

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a Violence Prevention section that covers many types of victims, including providing prevention techniques and reports: child abuseelder abuseintimate partner violencesexual violence, and youth violence.

CRS Reports - Crime Policy
EveryCRSReport.com provides access to Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports that are specific to criminal justice. CRS reports are authoritative, objective, and nonpartisan reports prepared for members of Congress. 

Legal Services: Crime Victims Law Project at VSC
Advocates for survivors of crimes including sexual assault, and provides legal assistance to people seeking services such as protection from abuse orders, divorces, and child support.

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data
The National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) archives and disseminates data on crime and justice for secondary analysis. It is located at the University of Michigan and is sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention of the United States Department of Justice.

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (formerly the Violence Against Women Center) produces content related to the prevention of domestic violence: Research and StatisticsPublications, and Policy & Systems Advocacy.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
This organization is dedicated to preventing sex crimes and assisting survivors and their advocates.

NCVLI Home - National Crime Victim Law Institute
Includes resources for crime victims, including educational materials on victims’ rights and a list of attorneys specializing in victims’ issues.

National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA)
This organization provides training to providers of victims' services as well as hotlines and reference resources for crime victims.

Tribal Resource Tool
This resource provides a listing of services available to Indigenous peoples as well as gaps in victim services.

Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) - Arizona Department of Public Safety
In 1984, the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) established the Crime Victims Fund in the US Treasury and authorized the fund to receive deposits of fines and penalties levied against criminals convicted of federal crimes. This fund provides the source of funding for carrying out all of the activities authorized by VOCA for the award of crime victim compensation and crime victim assistance funds to the states.

Victim Rights Law Center
Includes resources to help crime survivors find safety and toolkits to guide legal practitioners in representing crime survivors. 

Appriss: The VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) Blog
This blog from a service that provides victims notifications on the status of criminal offenders discusses issues concerning victims' legal rights and ongoing safety concerns.

Justice for Crime Victims
This blog from a victims' advocacy organization discusses crime victims' legal rights, and how attorneys and other interested people can help them assert their rights and speak in defense of their best interests.

RAND: Crime and Violence Prevention
This blog from a nonpartisan research institution offers commentary on criminal law and crime prevention policy, including victim advocacy.

Arizona Attorney General's Office: Victim Services
The state government page details state efforts to serve people affected by criminal activity and their relatives. It emphasizes the state's Victims' Bill of Rights.

Arizona Courts: Arizona Victims' Center
This resource provides information about Arizona victims' services as well as links to national organizations.

Arizona Criminal Justice Commission
This organization provides services to victims including compensation and links to other crime victims' aid groups and reference resources.

Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) - Arizona Department of Public Safety
In 1984, the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) established the Crime Victims Fund in the US Treasury and authorized the fund to receive deposits of fines and penalties levied against criminals convicted of federal crimes. This fund provides the source of funding for carrying out all of the activities authorized by VOCA for the award of crime victim compensation and crime victim assistance funds to the states.