Summary: H.R.6403 — 98th Congress (1983-1984)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (10/04/1984)

Victims of Crime Act of 1984 - Establishes within the Treasury the Crime Victims Fund. Requires that the Fund consist of: (1) most fines collected in Federal criminal cases; (2) penalty assessments on convicted persons; and (3) proceeds of all forfeitures (appearance bonds, bail bonds and collateral) in Federal criminal cases.

Directs the Attorney General to make grants to qualified State programs for the compensation of victims of crime. Specifies criteria for a State plan to qualify for grants, including requirements that the program: (1) offer compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages, and funeral expenses; (2) condition compensation on cooperation with law enforcement officials; (3) shall not use Federal funds to supplant State funds; and (4) shall not discriminate against nonresident victims.

Allows the Attorney General to make grants to the chief executive of each State for the financial support of crime assistance programs. States that such programs must have as a priority assistance to victims of sexual assault, spousal abuse or child abuse.

Requires the Federal courts to impose a penalty assessment on all persons convicted of Federal offenses.

Establishes a procedure for the special forfeiture of collateral profits of certain crimes (such as the sale of media rights).

Authorizes the Attorney General to pay restitution to any victim (or compensation to the survivors of a victim) of a crime causing injury or death which is committed by a federally protected witness. Sets a maximum of $50,000 in death compensation. Authorizes appropriations for FY 1985 and years following.