Crime and Its Victims

Crime and Its Victims

by Daniel W. Van Ness

Crime and Its Victims
  • Length: 240 pages
  • Published: April 21, 1986
  •  Discontinued
  • ISBN: 978-0-87784-512-6
  • Item Code: 0512
  • Case Quantity: 52

  • An Eternity 1987 Book of the Year
  • Winner of a 1987 ECPA Gold Medallion Award

Daniel Van Ness takes a long, hard look at the criminal justice system process, showing how it is divorced from the needs of the people involved. He describes how the present system evolved and examines the biblical perspective on law. Drawing from his own legal career, he offers a fresh and wholistic approach to crime, giving practical advice on prevention, punishment and public policy reform.

"Practical . . . marvelously insightful and readable."

Charles W. Colson




Part I: What's Happening Here?
1. Victims
2. Being Victimized
3. Prisoners
4. Being Imprisoned

Part II: How We Got Here
5. The Rise of State-Centered Justice
6. People vs. Defendant
7. The Purposes of Punishment

Part III: How Can Scripture Help Us?
8. The Mosaic Law
9. Justice and Righteousness
10. The Law and Criminal Justice

Part IV: Hope For the Future
11. Reducing Crime
12. Responding to Crime
13. Restraining Criminals
14. Where Do We Go From Here?

Appendix A: Resources

Appendix B: How Much Restitution?

Appendix C: Study Questions for Groups or Individuals



Daniel W. Van Ness

Daniel W. Van Ness is currently executive director of the Centre for Justice and Reconciliation at Prison Fellowship International and is a recognized world expert on restorative justice. He has been a lawyer, lobbyist, professor, and community organizer. He is the author of several books including Crime and Its Victims.