n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Editorial

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Amongst other interesting topics addressed in this edition of Acta Criminologica, two articles respectively relate to the very important issues of victim impact statements (VIS) and the human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immodeficiency syndrome (HIV/Aids) in prisons.

VIS originated from the need to establish some systematic form of victim participation in sentencing decision-making. The essence of the concept of the VIS is that the victim is given the opportunity to describe the wider effects of the crime that is usually not included in an evidential statement.


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