Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice

2014 Edition
| Editors: Gerben Bruinsma, David Weisburd

Victims of State Crime

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5690-2_115


This entry reviews the definitions, measurement, extent, and nature of victims of state crimes as well as relevant justice system policies and resistance to victimization by the state. Current theorizing and research on victims of state crime are discussed as are public and criminal justice policy initiatives. Propositions on the victimology of state crime as well as current research findings suggest that the study of state crime victimization requires an appreciation of creative and innovative social and criminal justice policy changes that attend to the diverse needs of those victimized by the state.

As with definitions of state crime itself, there are many competing ways to conceptualize those victimized by the state. There is obviously a vast array of harm and victimization which result from state crime, as well as multiple types of actors, agents, and organizations which may be directly or indirectly involved in this form of organizational crime. The crimes can be against...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice StudiesSouthern Illinois University EdwardsvilleEdwardsvilleUSA