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VICTIM-REPARATION OFFICE GETS FEDERAL GRANT

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The state Office of Crime Victim Reparation has received a $988,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.

The money, used to compensate victims and survivors of violent crimes, was provided for under the Victims of Crime Act passed by Congress in 1984.The funds come from fines, penalties and bond forfeitures assessed convicted federal criminals, not from taxes, said Rep. Karen Shepherd, D-Utah.

Utah spends about $3 million a year on victim reparation, said Allan Hedberg of the state Office of Crime Victim Reparation.

Utah received about 1,600 claims during the 1993-1994 fiscal year from victims of violent crimes.