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104 STAT. 4822 PUBLIC LAW 101-647—NOV. 29, 1990 (1) the term "responsible official" means a person designated pursuant to subsection (a) to perform the functions of a responsible official under that section; and (2) the term "victim" means a person that has suffered direct physical, emotional, or pecuniary harm as a result of the commission of a crime, including— (A) in the case of a victim that is an institutional entity, an authorized representative of the entity; and (B) in the case of a victim who is under 18 years of age, incompetent, incapacitated, or deceased, one of the following (in order of preference): (i) a spouse; (ii) a legal guardian; (iii) a parent; (iv) a child; (v) a sibling; (vi) another family member; or (vii) another person designated by the court. SEC. 504. VICTIMS OF CRIME. 42 USC 10601. Section 1402(c)(l)(B)(i) of the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 is amended by striking "1991" and inserting "1990". SEC. 505. EXTENSION OF DEADLINE FOR CERTAIN PROVISIONS IN VIC- TIMS OF CRIME ACT. Section 7129 of the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988 (42 U.S.C. 10601 note) is amended by striking "1990" and inserting "1991". 42 USC 10606 SEC. 506. SENSE OF CONGRESS WITH RESPECT TO VICTIMS OF CRIME. It is the sense of Congress that the States should make every effort to adopt the following goals of the Victims of Crime Bill of Rights: (1) Victims of crime should be treated with compassion, respect and dignity throughout the criminal justice process. (2) Victims of crime should be reasonably protected from the accused throughout the criminal justice process. (3) Victims of crime should have a statutorily designated advisory role in decisions involving prosecutorial discretion, such as the decision to plea-bargain. (4) Victims of crime should have the right to a reasonable assurance that the accused will be tried in an expeditious manner. (5) A victim of crime should have the right to be present at all proceedings related to the offense against him, unless the victim is to testify and the court determines that the victim's testimony would be materially prejudiced by hearing other testimony at the trial. (6) Victims of crime should have the right to information about the conviction, sentencing and imprisonment of the person who committed the crime against them. (7) Victims of crime should be compensated for the damage resulting from the crime to the fullest extent possible by the person convicted of the crime. (8) Victims of crime should have a statutorily designated advisory role in deciding the early release status of the person convicted of the crime against them.