As Published on July 14, 2020 in Bloomberg Law
‘Climate Crimes’ Unit Questioned
Sarah Hunt, CEO of the nonprofit Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy, questioned the criminal prosecutions component of the Biden plan. “Environmental crime victims do not need a new ‘climate crimes’ prosecution unit,” she said.
“But victims do need robust enforcement of the federal Crime Victims’ Right Act during criminal environmental prosecutions.”
That statute gives victims key procedural rights that formally integrate their voices in the criminal justice system, Hunt said.
Strong presidential support for Crime Victims’ Right Act compliance is needed to ensure environmental justice in criminal prosecutions of anti-pollution laws, according to Hunt.