AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced that 45 Texas counties will be receiving money to be used for crime victim services. Two million dollars over the current biennium has been earmarked to fund crime victim liaisons in law enforcement agencies and victim assistance coordinators in prosecutors' offices. The money comes from a surplus of the Attorney General's Crime Victims' Compensation Fund that is funded by court fees and fines paid by criminals.
"This money will take care of the critical need for specifically designated crime victim services that in some cases don't exist in these counties,"said Attorney General Cornyn. "So often the attention is placed on the criminal and not the victim. These funds will allow crime victims and their families to receive the help they need."
The Attorney General's office began asking for applications from counties in January of this year. Agencies that will receive money include the El Paso Police Department and County Sheriff's Office, the Irving Police Department, the Rusk County Attorney's Office and the Bexar County Sheriff's Office and the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney's Office.
While National Crime Victims' Rights Week marks its 20th anniversary, Texas has joined in the celebration the last 15 years. Crime Victims' rights were added to State statutes in 1985, and to the State Constitution in 1989.
Today there are over 30,000 laws nationwide that define and protect victims' rights, as well as over 10,000 national, state, and local organizations that provide assistance to people who have been hurt by crime.
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