Criminal Justice: Cash for Victims & Rescuers

California has just become the first state to offer financial aid to those injured in violent crimes and to the families of murder victims. Under a law signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown, the state department of social welfare will aid any victim, regardless of income level, with roughly the same scale of payments now given to families on relief. This scale ranges from $162 a month for a couple with one dependent child to $388 a month for a couple with nine dependent children.

The new law has one obvious draw back; it authorizes a first-year payout of $100,000,...

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