CRIMINAL PROCEDURE Victim Compensation: Change Certain Definitions; Define Additional Terms; Repeal Certain Provisions; Change Certain Provisions; Change Powers of the Georgia Crime Victims Compensation Board

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Vol: 11, Issue: 1

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Nunnallee, Thomas L.
Peach Sheet; O.C.G.A. 15-21-112; O.C.G.A. 17-15-2; O.C.G.A. 17-15-4; O.C.G.A. 17-15-6; O.C.G.A. 17-15-8; O.C.G.A. 17-15-14; compensation; crime victims; Georgia Crime Victims Compensation Board; award; Law
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The Act is a comprehensive revision of existing legislation providing compensation for crime victims. It changes certain definitions, adds new terms, and changes the powers of the Georgia Crime Victims Compensation Board. The Act also provides for direct payments to victims or other claimants for certain losses or reimbursements, provides for priority of payments, and provides for confidentiality of certain information. Additionally, the Act provides for awards to those suffering financial loss in aiding a crime victim, denies awards for property loss, and denies awards to certain currently incarcerated felons. Finally, the Act raises the maximum amount of an award to a victim, provides for maximum award amounts for certain categories of losses, authorizes awards for psychological counseling of family members of deceased victims, and allows for the expenditure of a portion of the available funds for public information purposes.