Concern for the victims of crime has increased in recent years. The enactment by the Virginia General Assembly of a statute to compensate victims of crime reflected this concern. The General Assembly, "as a matter of moral responsibility," decided to aid victims of crime who suffer disability and financial hardship. Underlying Virginia's passage of a victim compensation statute was the recognition that civil remedies against the criminal offender generally have been unsuccessful.
Charles W. Hazelwood Jr.,
Criminal Law-Victims' Rights-Virginia Adopts Statute to Compensate the Victims of Crime,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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