Federal Aid to Crime Victims Threatened by Budget Sequestration Deal


Sequestration and related cuts in the current federal fiscal year will reduce or eliminate services to more than 955,000 crime victims, says the Center for American Progress, citing data from the National association of VOCA (Victims of Crime Act) Assistance Administrators. Federal criminal offenders pay into the federal crime victims fund through fines and penalties levied against them. Still, sequestration is expected to reduce federal victims-service-assistance grants to states by $37.2 million, resulting in the more than 377,000 victims losing access to these services this fiscal year. Even though Congress finally reauthorized the federal Violence Against Women Act, at least 106,000 fewer victims are expected to receive services involving domestic violence and sexual assault due to sequestration. Says the Center for American Progress: “Before boarding planes to go home on recess last month, Congress rushed to fix sequestration-related inconveniences for air travelers, but victims of crime and the law enforcement and other agencies that serve them remain dangerously shortchanged.”

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