FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOVC
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 1997202/307-0703

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT MAKES $363 MILLION AVAILABLE

FOR VICTIM ASSISTANCE

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A total of $363 million will be available in Fiscal Year 1998 to aid crime victims, the Justice Department's Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) announced today. States and territories will receive funding applications from OVC this month and grant awards to the states will be made early next year.

"Last year's funds supported more than 2,800 local victim assistance agencies and served approximately two million crime victims," said Aileen Adams, OVC Director. "This year's money, which is available to victims through a unique funding mechanism called the Crime Victims Fund, will allow states to provide a variety of services including financial and psychological support to victims."

The Crime Victims Fund is administered by OVC and supports programs for crime victims with money paid in fines by federal criminal offenders -- not taxpayers. In the past two years, the fines collected by U.S. Attorneys, the U.S. Courts and Bureau of Prisons and deposited into the Fund have reached nearly $900 million, which is almost half of the over $2 billion collected since 1985 when the Fund was established.

Crime Victim Fund deposits collected in one year are available for grant awards in the following year. Fund deposits for 1997 totaled just under $363 million. Over 90 percent of Fund deposits are distributed annually to support state victim compensation and victim assistance programs. Fiscal Year 1998 marks the 13th year that OVC has funded these programs.

Compensation programs work similarly to private insurance funds, reimbursing victims of crime directly for such crime-related expenses as medical treatment, counseling, funeral costs and lost wages. State victim assistance programs provide funds to community agencies that assist crime victims through crisis intervention, criminal justice advocacy, counseling, emergency shelter and other services.

A list of the FY 1998 victim compensation and victim assistance grant amounts that each state is eligible to receive is attached. For more information about the Crime Victims Fund and OVC, visit the Office for Victims of Crime World Wide Web site at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc or the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) web site at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov. Or, call the Office for Victims of Crime Resource Center at 800/627-6872. Individuals can call OVC at 202/307-5983 or OJP's Office of Congressional and Public Affairs at 202/307-0703 for information about their state victim compensation and victim assistance agencies.

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After hours page: Linda Mansour, 202/516-6843

OVC STATE VICTIM COMPENSATION AND VICTIM ASSISTANCE

FY 1998

STATE

VICTIM COMPENSATION ALLOCATIONS

VICTIM ASSISTANCE ALLOCATIONS

ALABAMA

$895,000

$4,443,000
ALASKA

$209,000

$1,060,000
ARIZONA

$367,000

$4,586,000
ARKANSAS

$483,000

$2,816,000
CALIFORNIA

$19,458,000

$29,912,825
COLORADO

$1,911,000

$4,027,000
CONNECTICUT

$578,000

$3,521,000
DELAWARE

$422,000

$1,169,000
D.C.

$ 23,000

$1,001,000
FLORIDA

$4,073,000

$13,786,000
GEORGIA

$416,000

$ 7,284,000
HAWAII

$259,000

$1,592,000
IDAHO

$445,000

$1,597,000
ILLINOIS
$2,566,000
$11,430,000
INDIANA

$850,000

$5,889,000
IOWA

$961,000

$3,131,000
KANSAS

$694,000

$2,873,000
KENTUCKY

$225,000

$4,083,000
LOUISIANA

$190,000

$4,514,000
MAINE

$52,000

$1,647,000
MARYLAND

$378,000

$5,179,000
MASSACHUSETTS
$1,321,000
$6,121,000
MICHIGAN

$740,000

$9,352,000
MINNESOTA

$951,000

$4,797,000
MISSISSIPPI

$93,000

$3,006,000
MISSOURI

$895,000

$5,444,000
MONTANA

$217,000

$1,311,000
NEBRASKA

$ 88,000

$2,024,000
NEVADA
$635,000
$1,979,000
NEW HAMPSHIRE
$36,000
$1,573,000
NEW JERSEY
$1,429,000
$7,870,000
NEW MEXICO

$314,000

$2,081,000
NEW YORK
$3,769,000
$17,278,000
NORTH CAROLINA
$943,000
$7,256,000
NORTH DAKOTA

$76,000

$1,094,000
OHIO
$2,290,000
$10,809,000
OKLAHOMA

$622,000

$3,546,000
OREGON

$312,000

$3,456,000
PENNSYLVANIA
$1,254,000
$11,624,000
RHODE ISLAND

$412,000

$1,414,000
SOUTH CAROLINA
$1,015,000
$3,913,000
SOUTH DAKOTA

$62,000

$1,176,000
TENNESSEE
$1,605,000
$5,408,000
TEXAS
$8,078,000
$18,149,000
UTAH

$551,000

$2,346,000
VERMONT

$107,000

$1,043,000
VIRGINIA

$97,000

$6,659,000
WASHINGTON
$2,726,000
$5,605,000
WEST VIRGINIA

$548,000

$2,185,000
WISCONSIN

$620,000

$5,261,000
WYOMING

$110,000

$944,000
AMERICAN SAMOA
Doesn't have victim compensation program

$243,000

GUAM
Doesn't have victim compensation program

$323,000

N. MARIANA ISLANDS
Doesn't have victim compensation program

$240,000

PUERTO RICO
Doesn't have victim compensation program
$3,990,000
REPUBLIC OF PALAU
Doesn't have victim compensation program

$15,975

VIRGIN ISLANDS

$57,000

$594,000

TOTAL
$67,428,000
$275,670,800

November 14, 1997