Each Monday, The Eagle highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives.
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The records: Annual reports from the Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board. The board provides financial help to victims of violent crimes, including lost wages and out-of-pocket expenses related to injuries such as medical care and mental health counseling.
Why you’d want them: To learn more about how state dollars are used to compensate victims of violent crimes. The past five years of annual reports are available.
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Where you get them: From the Kansas Attorney General’s website, www.ag.ks.gov/victim-services/victim-compensation.
How much do they cost: The reports are free.