Crime & Courts

August 16, 2014

Kansas board pays $310,000 to victims of violent crime

Half of the 248 claims awarded payment in August from the Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board were new, according to the Kansas Attorney General’s Office. The other half had been before the board before.

Kansas victims of violent crime were awarded $310,704.39 at the Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board’s August meeting.

The amount is to be paid in 248 cases – half of them new and half previously submitted, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a news release. The three-member board meets monthly to review eligible victim claims and determine awards. It was established in 1978 to aid crime victims with unforeseen expenses.

In July, the board paid $207,805.33 in 217 cases.

Awards are limited to $25,000. Eligible expenses include costs for funerals, medical treatment, mental health counseling, lost income and dependent support. Court costs and fines, inmate wages, parole fees and restitution fund the program.

For more information, go to www.ag.ks.gov or call 785-296-2359.

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

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