Elizabeth N. Jones Publishes on Crime Victims’ Rights

Elizabeth Jones’s recent law review article, The Ascending Role of Crime Victims in Plea-Bargaining and Beyond, has been published in the West Virginia Law Review. In this piece, Professor Jones examines the rights of crime victims to meaningfully participate in the prosecution of their assailants. The West Virginia Law Review took particular interest in her article, as the high profile murder of teenager Skylar Neese by her two best friends occurred in Monongalia County, WV. The case, which drew nationwide attention, included a passionate victim impact statement from Skylar’s father at the sentencing hearings. Professor Jones’s article focuses on states with constitutional amendments guaranteeing victims of crime and their families the right to participate during the critical court stage of plea-bargaining.  This Article is available on Professor Jones’s SSRN page.