Paul D. Cramm

227 Violent Crime Victims Awarded Financial Support In Kansas

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – On Thursday 12 February, 227 victims of violent crimes in Kansas received financial help from the Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board at its February meeting, according to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt. Awards were given in 124 new cases and in 103 previously submitted cases.

The total amount of money awarded was $290,899.77.

The Division of Crime Victims Compensation in Schmidt’s office manages the Crime Victims Compensation program, which was created in 1978 to assist victims of violent crimes to pay for unexpected expenses like the cost of medical treatment, mental health counseling, lost wages due to the incident, dependent support and funeral expenses.

The state’s three-member Crime Victims Compensation Board decides the claims that are eligible for payment and how much money will be given to each claimant.

The amount of money to be given to the victims was a maximum of $25,000 with limitations of $5,000 for funeral expense, $5,000 for outpatient mental health counseling, $10,000 for inpatient mental health treatment and $1,500 for grief counseling for family survivors of homicide victims. More than the mentioned amount is not given to any victim. A portion of assessed court costs and fines, inmate wages, parole fees and restitution paid by convicted offenders of different offenses provides money for the program.

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This practice has been exclusively devoted to all levels of criminal defense from misdemeanor offenses in municipal court to felony matters in the Federal courts of Kansas and the Western District of Missouri. Paul D. Cramm is qualified to provide defense in Capital and Death Penalty cases.