The Department of Justice is the nation’s highest law enforcement agency, but we don’t just prosecute criminals—we also help their victims recover.  That is why today I am announcing that our Office for Victims of Crime will award more than $8.3 million to the California Victim Compensation Board to support victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas.  The shooting claimed the lives of 58 people—and more than half of them from California.  Thousands of California residents were present that day, and hundreds of them seriously wounded.  Immediately after the shooting, we began working with officials from California and Nevada to meet the needs of victims, their families, first responders, and the community.  We have already awarded a grant of more than $16 million to the state of Nevada to support these services.  Today’s funding will help ensure that we are meeting the critical longer-term needs of victims, compensating them for financial losses and medical expenses and providing services like mental health counseling to victims and first responders.
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