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A review of selected witness protection programs

Author: Yvon Dandurand; Canada. Public Safety Canada.; Canada. Research and National Coordination, Organized Crime Division.
Publisher: [Ottawa] : Research and National Coordination, Organized Crime Division, Public Safety Canada, 2010.
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The purpose of the current study was to review selected witness protection programs (WPPs) in Canada and in other countries, as well as the successes and challenges they encounter. This review consolidates and synthesizes open source information about the structure of WPPs in foreign countries and jurisdictions and contrasts it against the situation in Canada.
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Material Type: Document, Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Yvon Dandurand; Canada. Public Safety Canada.; Canada. Research and National Coordination, Organized Crime Division.
OCLC Number: 729838546
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Contents: 1. Introduction. 1.1. Definitions ; 1.2. Witness intimidation and obstruction of justice ; 1.3. Research on witnesses protection ; 1.4. Witness protection programs and other forms of witness protection and assistance ; 1.5. Method --
2. Characteristics of witness programs. 2.1. Purpose ; 2.2. Structure ; 2.3. Enabling legislation ; 2.4. The nature of the protection and services offered ; 2.5. Who are the protected witnesses ; 2.6. Assessing the threat and the need for protection ; 2.7. The rights of protected witnesses under the program --
3. Governance and management of witness protection programs. 3.1. Governance, relative autonomy, and decision making ; 3.2. Organizational structure and reporting requirements ; 3.3. Decisions to offer protection and criteria ; 3.4. Protection agreements ; 3.5. Decisions to terminate protection and voluntary withdrawals ; 3.6. Responsibilities for the management of programs ; 3.7. Impact of technology ; 3.8. Human resources and training ; 3.9. Number of cases and costs of programs ; 3.10. Interagency collaboration ; 3.11. International cooperation and relocation --
4. Issues. 4.1. Alternatives to witness protection programs ; 4.2. Rights of victims ; 4.3. Rights of protected witnesses ; 4.4. Thematic review of media reports ; 4.5. Criminals as the principal beneficiaries of witness protection programs --
4.6. Protecting criminals at the expense of public safety ; 4.7. International cooperation --
5. Performance measurement and accountability. 5.1. Emerging standards and accepted best practices ; 5.2. Measuring program performance ; 5.3. Existing evaluations ; 5.4. Oversight mechanisms --
6. Additional research --
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Responsibility: by Yvon Dandurand, with Kristina Farr ; prepared for Research and National Coordination, Organized Crime Division, Law Enforcement and Policy Branch, Public Safety Canada.
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The purpose of the current study was to review selected witness protection programs (WPPs) in Canada and in other countries, as well as the successes and challenges they encounter. This review consolidates and synthesizes open source information about the structure of WPPs in foreign countries and jurisdictions and contrasts it against the situation in Canada.

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