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After Homicide: Victims’ Families in the Criminal Justice System

Sarah Goodrum
After Homicide: Victims’ Families in the Criminal Justice System
ISBN: 978-1-62637-832-2
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ISBN: 978-1-62637-845-2
$85.00 $42.50
2019/217 pages/LC: 2019018005
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"An important contribution.... Goodrum offers a detailed and nuanced look at the relationships of victims' families with the full range of actors in the justice system. Her findings are significant both for sociologists and for those who work with families bereaved by murder." —Margaret Vandiver, University of Memphis


In After Homicide, Sarah Goodrum examines the experiences of the families of murder victims as they encounter detectives, prosecutors, counselors, and others in the criminal justice system.

Goodrum traces each step of a murder investigation and trial, drawing on personal accounts and other primary sources. Based on extensive field research, her book is a uniquely comprehensive look at how the families of homicide victims are helped, and sometimes hindered, by the justice system


Sarah Goodrum is professor of criminology and criminal justice at the University of Northern Colorado.


  • After Homicide.
  • The News Is Delivered.
  • The Police Investigate.
  • Prosecutors Take Over.
  • Crisis Counselors Intervene.
  • Awaiting and Enduring the Trial.
  • Searching for Meaning.
  • Seeking and Surviving Justice.