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Title: Compensating Crime Victims: A Summary of Policies and Practices
Author(s): D G Parent; B Auerbach; K E Carlson
Corporate Author: Abt Associates, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 72
Sponsoring Agency: Abt Associates, Inc
Cambridge, MA 02138
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
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Document: PDF
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report describes State efforts to develop and provide crime victim compensation services and to comply with the mandates of the 1984 Victims of Crime Act.
Abstract: Study data were gathered during 1988 and 1989 through the use of a survey mailed to all victim compensation programs, of telephone calls, and of site visits. In addition, a panel of expert advisors identified crucial issues, selected States for site visits, and offered advice in many other parts of the research. The text describes different organizational structures and operating procedures and discusses efforts to simplify application and claim processing. It also examines how State programs are addressing crucial issues, such as redefining victim eligibility criteria and outreach to unserved victims. Finally, it discusses trends in program funding, noting that legislatures have gradually increased reliance on fines and penalty assessments to fund victim compensation programs. Tables and appended tables, list of contact persons for victim compensation programs, and methodological information regarding estimates of the number of persons eligible for victim compensation.
Main Term(s): State aid; Victim compensation
Index Term(s): Victim services; Victims rights
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