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Terry Goddard to Present Victims' Rights Funds to Yuma Agencies

(Phoenix, Ariz. – April 27, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today will present $95,000 to the City of Yuma and the Yuma County Juvenile Court to benefit victim’s rights programs in the area. Goddard will make the presentation during the 2006 Yuma County Victim’s Rights annual dinner this evening at the Cocopah RV Resort.

Before attending the dinner, Goddard will tour Amberly’s Place, an advocacy center that coordinates services for victims of family violence in the Yuma area.

The Victims’ Rights Program Funds are awarded to criminal and juvenile justice agencies throughout the state of Arizona to promote and improve the ability of crime victims to become an integral part of the criminal and juvenile justice systems.

The money comes from the Criminal Justice Enhancement Fund (criminal fees) and the Juvenile Parental Assessment Fee (paid by parents of juveniles adjudicated delinquent). The Attorney General’s Office receives 7.68 percent of the Criminal Justice Enhancement Fund and 100 percent of the Parental Assessment Fee. The Office distributes these dollars to agencies that help implement and comply with rights afforded to crime victims by state statutes and the Arizona Constitution.

Attached is a list of recipients and how much each agency will receive. Funds will be distributed beginning in August 2006.

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