The Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board yesterday, awarded financial assistance to 379 victims of violent crime at its April meeting. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said awards were made in 163 new cases. Additional expenses were paid in 216 previously submitted cases. The awards totaled $374,487.43. The Crime Victims Compensation program 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.

Source: VNC News