Of the many developments in the area of criminal justice over the last twenty years or so, the rediscovery of the victim may well be the most heartening. This rediscovery has produced both a new field of study, victimology, and a number of interesting programs and proposals that aim to redress the injuries suffered by the victims of crime. To this point, however, the rediscovery of the victim has not worked a fundamental transformation of our system of criminal justice. The question I wish to address here is whether it should do so.
Copyright © 1980 Lexington Books. This chapter first appeared in Victims, Offenders, and Alternative Sanctions.
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Dagger, Richard. "Restitution, Punishment, and Debts to Society." In Victims, Offenders, and Alternative Sanctions, edited by Joe Hudson and Burt Galaway, 3-13. Lexington: Lexington Books, 1980.