Crime & Courts

Kansas violent-crime victims awarded more than $396,000

The state’s Crime Victims Compensation Board awarded $396,827.64 to 307 violent-crime victims at its May meeting. Awards were issued in 138 new cases, and additional expenses were paid in 169 cases, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a news release.

The Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Program started in 1978 to help victims of violent crimes pay for unforeseen expenses, including medical treatment, mental health counseling, lost wages and funerals. It is administered by Schmidt’s office.

Awards are capped at $25,000 and are paid for out of a variety of costs and fees assessed to convicted offenders, as well as inmate wages.

For more information about the program, call 785-296-2359 or go

Amy Renee Leiker: 316-268-6644, @amyreneeleiker