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Kansas Attorney General: 51 crime victims receive support

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FROM THE OFFICE OF KANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL DEREK SCHMIDT

AG Schmidt: 51crime victims receive support

TOPEKA– (August 15, 2013) – The Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board today awardedfinancial assistance to 51 victims of crime at its August meeting, KansasAttorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Awardswere made in 23 new cases. Additional expenses were paid in 28 previouslysubmitted cases. The awards totaled $68,012.

TheDivision of Crime Victims Compensation in Schmidt's office administers theCrime Victims Compensation program, which was established in 1978 to helpvictims of violent crime pay for their unexpected expenses such as medicaltreatment, mental health counseling, lost wages, dependent support and funeralcosts.

Thestate's three-member Crime Victims Compensation Board determines claims thatare eligible for payment and decides how much money will be awarded to eachclaimant. Awards are limited to a maximum total amount of $25,000 withlimitations of $5,000 for funeral expense, $3,500 for outpatient mental healthcounseling, $10,000 for inpatient mental health treatment and $1,000 for griefcounseling for family survivors of homicide victims.

Theprogram is funded by a portion of assessed court costs and fines, inmate wages,parole fees and restitution paid by convicted offenders.

Formore information about the Crime Victims Compensation Program call (785)296-2359 or visit the Attorney General's website at www.ag.ks.gov.

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