Victims and Plea Negotiations: Overlooked and Unimpressed

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This book explores victim’s views of plea negotiations and the level of input that they desire. It draws on the empirical findings of the first in-depth study of victims and plea negotiations conducted in Australia. Over the last 50 years, the criminal justice system has seen a major change in the role that victims play in the justice process with the vast majority of criminal cases resolve through guilty pleas, many resulting from plea negotiations. The extent to which the victim is one of the participating parties in the proceedings is a question of law and of practice. Drawing from focus groups and surveys with victims of crime, Victims and Plea Negotiations seeks to privilege victims’ voices and lived experiences of plea negotiations, to present their perspectives on five options for enhanced participation in the plea negotiation process. This book appeals to academics and students in the areas of law, criminology, sociology, victimology and legal studies, those who practice in the criminal justice system generally, those who work with victims, and policy makers.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages139
ISBN (Electronic)9783030613839
ISBN (Print)9783030613822
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Victims and Victimology
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan


  • plea negotiations
  • plea bargaining
  • victims
  • victimology

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