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Crime Victims as “Consumers” of Justice

| November 2, 2010

This policy paper, published earlier this year, makes a unique proposal: why not think of crime victims as “consumers” of the criminal justice system?  Too often, the criminal justice system focuses so intensely on the punishment to be meted out the defendant and on the retribution sought by the state that it seems to ignore the interest of the individual crime victim.  This paper provides a framework for bringing the victim’s concerns back to the forefront.


VIBRANT P. REDDY is a Senior Policy Analyst for both Right on Crime and the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Effective Justice. He has authored several reports on criminal justice policy and is a frequent speaker and media commentator on the topic. Reddy has worked as a research assistant at The Cato Institute, as a law clerk to the Honorable Gina M. Benavides of the Thirteenth Court of Appeals of Texas, and as an attorney in private practice, focusing on trial and appellate litigation. Reddy graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Plan II Honors, Economics, and History, and he earned his law degree at the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in Dallas. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and of the State Bar’s Appellate Section and Criminal Justice Section.