H.R. 6057 (97th): Federal Criminal Victims and Witnesses Assistance Act

Introduced:
Apr 01, 1982 (97th Congress, 1981–1982)
Status:
Died (Referred to Committee)
Sponsor
Martin Russo
Representative for Illinois's 3rd congressional district
Party
Democrat
Related Bills
H.R. 4353 (96th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Jun 06, 1979

H.R. 2661 (98th) was a re-introduction of this bill in a later Congress.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Apr 20, 1983

 
Status

This bill was introduced on April 1, 1982, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Progress
Introduced Apr 01, 1982
Referred to Committee Apr 01, 1982
 
Full Title

A bill to provide compensation for the victims of crime, assistance to witnesses in criminal cases, and an increase in witness fees.

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Cosponsors
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House Judiciary

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4/1/1982--Introduced.
Federal Criminal Victims and Witnesses Assistance Act -
Title I - Victim Compensation
Establishes in the Department of Justice a Victim Compensation Commission to administer a program providing compensatory payments to victims of qualifying Federal crimes, intervenors, and surviving dependents.
Sets a ceiling of $50,000 on the payment to any victim as the result of a single incident.
Requires that the act giving rise to the claim occur within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, the District of Columbia, or Indian country.
Enumerates qualifying crimes, including any crime or attempted crime which poses a substantial threat of personal injury.
Requires the appropriate law enforcement agencies to ensure that victims of crimes are informed of their rights.
Authorizes the Administrator of the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration to make grants and provide technical assistance to States for victim compensation programs.
Authorizes appropriations to carry out this title through FY 1985.
Terminates the Victim Compensation Commission and the State programs on September 30, 1985.
Title II - Witness Assistance
Establishes in each U.S. attorney's office a witnesses of crime assistance bureau to create and administer witness assistance programs that encourage and enable witnesses to testify in Federal criminal cases. Authorizes the Administrator of the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration to make grants and provide technical assistance to States for witness assistance programs. Authorizes appropriations to carry out this title through FY 1985.
Title III - Witness Fees
Authorizes the Administrator of the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration to make grants to States for the costs of compensating witnesses of crimes at the levels provided by law for the compensation of witnesses in Federal cases. Authorizes appropriations.

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