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What is the Crime Victims Fund?

Crime Victims Fund

The Crime Victims Fund is a fund that the US government uses to repay victims who have incurred costs as a result of a crime. It was established in 1984 as part of the US Victims of Crime Act. Money in the fund is collected from criminal fines, penalties and forfeited bail bonds.

Where have you heard about Crime Victims Fund?

The Crime Victims Fund hit the headlines in 2013 when it was announced that it contained almost $9 billion worth of unspent money. President Trump's first full budget, announced in May 2017, proposed shrinking the Crime Victims Fund's budget by $1.3bn.

What you need to know about Crime Victims Fund.

Victims of crime can claim reimbursement for a variety of expenses incurred as a direct result of a crime. These can include medical costs, funeral and burial costs, property replacement and restoration, lost wages and the cleaning of the crime scene.

All offenders convicted of a federal crime in the US pays $100 per count. Thus, an offender convicted of 14 counts of bank robbery would need to pay 14 $100 special assessments, for a total of $1,400.

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