VICTIM IMPACT STATEMENTS- SIGNIFICANCE

Such statements are only of real relevance at the the time of sentencing, when a judge needs to have regard to the victim’s or his family’s anguish in assessing the punishment overall.This was always the case, certainly when I sat as a judge, long before such statements were obligatory in every case. Reflecting the impact and reaction of the victim is part of a judge’s job in sending out a message to the general public.

By the time of release, these statement are clearly much less significant.The feelings of the victim or his family are unlikely to change and the criteria for release are different.Most importantly, the Parole Board will decide whether a  prisoner is no longer a danger to the public and unlikely to offend again. Is he remorseful? The views of the victim or his family, at that stage, may be helpful to a Parole Board (particularly if they know the prisoner)but can’t carry the same weight as before.

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