Paul D. Cramm

275 crime victims to receive support from the Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board

TOPEKA, KAN. – According to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, the Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board gave financial help to 275 victims of violent crime at its May meeting Yesterday.

Awards were given in 137 new cases and additional expenses were given in 138 cases that were submitted earlie. The total amount which was given was $400,287.73.

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

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

The amount of awards is limited to a maximum total amount 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.

The funds for the program are given by the portion of assessed court costs and fines, inmate wages, parole fees and restitution paid by convicted offenders.

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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.