What is a victim-impact statement? Do you think victim-impact statements should be admissible at the sentencing stage of criminal trials? Please explain.
Victim Impact Statement is a written or oral statement presented to the court at the sentencing of the defendant. This statement is aimed at allowing crime victims during the decision making to provide the extent at which the crime committed impacted on him. I that regard, a judge may consider such information to provide a decision in terms of detaining the offender or releasing him or her. The study here will be aimed at discussing place of victim-impact statement at the sentencing stage of criminal trials.