Wednesday, March 3, 1999
AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today sent a letter to every Texas District Attorney inviting them to participate in a new technological assistance program. The program will grant over two million dollars in computers, printers and fax machines to assist local prosecutors specifically with crime victim services.
"In prosecuting a case, we focus on the criminal," General Cornyn said. "But we must remember that the victims of the crime are often left with little assistance to pick up the pieces. These computers will assist us in getting help to the people most in need--crime victims," he added.
The program is funded by the Crime Victims Compensation Fund, which provides benefits to eligible crime victims through the Texas Attorney General's Office.
The Crime Victims Compensation Fund was created in 1979 with the passage of the Crime Victims Compensation Act. The Act established guidelines for eligibility and the provision of certain benefits to victims of crime. Last year, the Fund granted over 37 million dollars and assisted 8,565 victims of crime. Awards may be made in the following categories for expenses necessary and related to the crime: attorney fees, catastrophic injuries, child care, funeral and burial expenses, mental health counseling, and travel expenses, among others.
For more information regarding the Crime Victims Compensation Fund, call 1-800-983-9933 or visit the Web site at www.oag.state.tx.us.
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