FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOVC
MONDAY, JUNE 22, 1998202/307-0703

STATES RECEIVE FUNDS TO HELP CRIME VICTIMS

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Justice Department's Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) today announced that $343.1 million in Fiscal Year 1998 funds has been awarded to all state crime victim compensation and victim assistance programs. Money for these grants comes from the Crime Victims Fund, which is supported solely by fines paid by federal criminal offenders -- not taxpayers.

"The Crime Victims Fund provides money to thousands of programs to help victims begin to piece their lives back together after the trauma of crime has upended their lives," said Acting OVC director Reginald Robinson, whose agency administers the Fund. "Crime victims can receive assistance for expenses such as medical costs, counseling and emergency shelter."

Fines collected in one year by United States Attorneys, the U.S. Courts and Bureau of Prisons are deposited into the Fund and 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.

State compensation programs receive annual grants equal to forty percent of the state's total payout to crime victims in the previous year. Compensation programs work similarly to private insurance, 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 awards each state received is attached. This year, because it amended its victims compensation statute in June 1997, Nevada became eligible to receive its first federal victim compensation funds.

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 contact: Linda Mansour on 202/616-3534 or page on 888/582-6750

OVC STATE VICTIM COMPENSATION AND VICTIM ASSISTANCE

FY 1998

STATE
VICTIM COMPENSATION GRANT AWARDS
VICTIM ASSISTANCE GRANT AWARDS
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