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VOL. 127 | NO. 139 | Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Mississippi Awarded $3.8M Victim Assistance Grant

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The state of Mississippi has been awarded a $3.8 million grant for assistance and services for victims of crime.

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., said Tuesday the money was awarded to the Mississippi Division of Public Safety Planning from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Cochran says the bulk of the money will go to local, community-based public and private nonprofit organizations that provide direct services to crime victims.

Cochran says states are encouraged to extend services to underserved and rural areas.

While priority attention is given to victims of sexual assault, domestic and child abuse, assistance is also targeted to victims of federal crimes, assaults, robbery, gang violence, hate and bias crimes, intoxicated drivers, economic exploitation, fraud, elder abuse, and survivors of homicide victims.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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