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Governor Continues Fight for Crime Victims

Press Release

Location: Phoenix, AZ


National Crime Victims' Rights Week: Justice for Victims. Justice for All.

An estimated 23 million Americans become victims of crime each year. That means:

• More than 63,000 people are victimized every day
• 44 Americans become a victim of crime every 60 seconds

Only 47 percent of violent crime and 40 percent of property crimes are reported to the police. In 2005, teenagers (12-19) and young adults (20-24) experienced the highest rates of violent crime.

Today, Governor Janet Napolitano reminded all Arizonans that together we must continue to expand the rights of victims, support victims of crime and provide assistance for their recovery.

"There will be no justice for any of us if we don't seek greater fairness for victims of crime," the Governor said. "Victims need all of us to honor their rights, protect their safety and help them rebuild their lives. I encourage our state to stand behind and support those who have been harmed by crime." Napolitano joined crime victims, law enforcement representatives, prosecutors, judges and others at a kickoff event for National Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 13-19. This event, along with public rallies, candlelight vigils and other activities will be held across the nation, honoring victims, their families and those who serve them. This year's theme is Justice for Victims. Justice for All. During the event, Governor Napolitano presented the Triumph Over Tragedy award to Gail Leland. Since the murder of her son in 1981, Leland has been a tireless crusader for victims' rights. She is founder of the National Coalition of Homicide Survivors and the coordinator of the Homicide Survivor's Victim Assistance Program in Tucson.

Governor Napolitano also presented a check in the amount of $72,028.69 to the Arizona Crime Victim's Compensation Fund. The money was donated by Arizona Department of Corrections' inmates during various fundraisers throughout the year as part of the state's Restorative Justice Program, which helps hold offenders accountable and responsible to crime victims. Since the inception of the Program in 2004, more than $1 million worth of goods, services and monies has been donated to crime victim organizations throughout Arizona.

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