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Crime victims board awards $296,246 to Kansas violent crime victims

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at 6:28 a.m.

The Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board awarded $296,246 to 233 victims of violent crimes on Thursday at its February meeting, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a news release.

The financial support was issued in 114 new cases and 119 submitted previously. Payments are limited to $25,000 total, with up to $5,000 issued each for funeral expenses and outpatient mental health counseling; $10,000 for inpatient mental health treatment; and $1,500 in grief counseling for homicide victims’ families, according to the release.

The Crime Victims Compensation Board was established in 1978 to help victims of violent crimes pay unforeseen expenses. The program is funded by assessed court costs and fines, parole fees and restitution paid by convicts.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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