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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

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FY2002 Budget Summary


DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
OFFICE OF JUSTICE PROGRAMS
CRIME VICTIMS FUND
(Dollars in thousands)

  Perm. Pos. FTE Amount
         
2000 actuals ... ... $480,566
         
2001 availability ... ... 537,500
         
  Increases (see p. 64) ... ... 37,500
         
2002 base ... ... 575,000
         
  Program changes ... ... ...
       
2002 estimate ... ... 575,000



  2001 Appropriation 2002 Base 2002 Estimate Program Changes
Comparison by activity and program Perm.
Pos.
FTE Amount Perm.
Pos.
FTE Amount Perm.
Pos.
FTE Amount Perm.
Pos.
FTE Amount
                         
Crime Victims Fund ... ... $537,500 ... ... $575,000 ... ... $575,000 1 ... ... ...

1 This amount reflects the proposed 2002 obligation limitation for the Crime Victims Fund.


Program Description
The Crime Victims Fund is financed by collections of fines, penalty assessments, and bond forfeitures from defendants convicted of federal crimes. These funds support victim assistance and compensation programs around the country and advocates, through policy development, for the fair treatment of crime victims. OVC administers formula and discretionary grants for programs designed to benefit victims, provides training for diverse professionals who work with victims, develops projects to enhance victims' rights and services, and undertakes public education and awareness activities on behalf of crime victims. Victim assistance funds help support more than 4,000 local victim service agencies, such as domestic violence shelters, children's advocacy centers, and rape treatment programs. Compensation funds supplement state efforts to provide reimbursement to victims for out-of-pocket expenses resulting from crime, including medical and mental health counseling costs, lost wages, and funeral expenses.

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