The Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board last week awarded financial assistance to 199 victims of violent crime at its January meeting.
Nearly $156,000 in awards were made in 92 new cases while additional expenses were paid in 107 previously submitted cases.
The Division of Crime Victims Compensation in Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office administers the Crime Victims Compensation program, which was established in 1978 to help victims of violent crime pay for their unexpected expenses such as medical treatment, mental health counseling, lost wages, dependent support and funeral expenses.
The state’s three-member Crime Victims Compensation Board determines claims that are eligible for payment and how much money will be awarded to each claimant. A portion of assessed court costs and fines, inmate wages, parole fees and restitution paid by convicted offenders provides funding to the program.