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Attorney General Hosts 12th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in memory and in honor of Mississippi crime victims

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Attorney General Jim Hood is hosting the 12th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony which remembers and honors surviving Mississippi Crime Victims, those who’ve lost their lives or loved ones to violence and the dedicated individuals who work to serve them.

The event will be held at 10:30 a.m. on December 15 at the Attorney General’s Office, in the lobby of the Walter Sillers Building, 550 High Street in Jackson. 

The Attorney General’s Bureau of Victim Assistance hosts the annual tree lighting ceremony to honor victims who have survived violent criminal acts, their families and to recognize the surviving family members of homicide victims.

Victims and survivors of violent crimes are invited to place an ornament on the tree to recognize the personal struggles associated with violence or in honor of a lost loved one. The ornaments will be hung during the ceremony.

The Bureau of Victim Assistance of the Office of the Attorney General works diligently to increase the effectiveness of the criminal justice system, promote the fair and compassionate treatment of victims of crime, ensure victims are afforded their constitutional rights and considerations, and provide financial assistance with losses resulting from injuries or death.

In FY2015, the Bureau’s Victim Assistance Program assisted 415 victims of violent and non-violent crimes and the Victim Compensation Program paid $2,692,398.48 in victim compensation benefits. To date, the total victim compensation benefits awarded (FY2005 – FY2015) total $31,411,382.58. The Bureau operates with revenue derived from fees and assessments imposed on criminals, court ordered restitution and federal grants.

For more information on the services provided by the Bureau of Victim Assistance, please call 800-829-6766 or 601-359-6766 or visit the Attorney General's website.

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