11 San Diego L. Rev. 880 (1973-1974)
California's New Crime Victim Compensation Statute

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Compensation Statute
GILBERT GEIS*
HERBERT EDELHERTZt
On July 1, 1974, California's program to provide public funds
for certain victims of violent crime will begin to function under
new legislation1 which seeks to update, expand, and clarify the
1965 state crime victim  compensation statute2 and its later amend-
ments.3 That 1965 California law represented the pioneering
American thrust into the area of crime victim compensation and
it followed closely on cognate efforts that had been launched in
New Zealand in 19634 and Great Britain in 1964.i Since the Cali-
* A.B., 1947, Colgate Univ.; Ph.D., 1953, Univ. of Wiscon. Professor,
Program in Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine.
t A.B., 1943, -Univ. of Mich.; LL.B., 1948, Harvard Law School. Re-
search Scientist, Law and Justice Center, Battelle Memorial Institute, Seat-
tle, Wash.
1. CAL. Gov'T CODE §§ 13959-69 (West Supp. 1974).
2. Cal. Stats. 1965, ch. 1549 (repealed 1967).
3. Cal. Stats. 1967, ch. 1546, p. 3707, § 1 (repealed 1973). The most signif-
icant change in 1967 was the transfer of administration of the program
from the State Department of Social Welfare to the State Board of Control.
4. New Zealand Criminal Injuries Compensation Act 1963, 12 Eliz. 2,
No. 134. Cf., Weeks, The New Zealand Criminal Injuries Compensation
Scheme, 43 S. CAL. L. REv. 107 (1970). In 1972, as an outgrowth of recom-
mendations contained in the Woodhouse Report [ROYAL COIVI'N OF IN-
July 1974 Vol. II No. 4

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