Grassley, Colleagues Send Letter to DOJ About Financial Status of Crime Victims Fund
Jun 04, 2020
WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) joined Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) in sending a letter to the Justice Department requesting information about the financial health of the Crime Victims Fund in light of significant decreases in deposits to the account.
“Since 1984, the CVF has provided critical support for crime survivors through services including medical care, mental-health counseling, lost wages, courtroom advocacy, temporary housing, and more. These services are essential to help victims survive the aftermath of crime,” the Senators wrote. “The CVF is unique because deposits to the fund come from fines, special assessments, and other penalties paid by criminals convicted of federal crimes and do not come from taxpayers. This deposit system has led to strong financial health for the CVF during its existence. Yet it is our understanding that CVF deposits have decreased sharply in recent years, totaling $6.584 billion in 2017, $444.8 million in 2018, and $495 million in 2019. The CVF carryover balance also decreased from $13 billion in 2018 to $9.1 billion in 2019.”
Full text of the letter can be found HERE.