Paul D. Cramm

Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board provided support to 63 crime victims

TOPEKA, KAN. – According to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, sixty three crime victims were awarded financial assistance yesterday by the Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board at its October meeting.

Awards were given to the 22 new victims and the remaining forty one victims were also awarded whose cases were previously submitted. The total amount which was awarded is $134,910.23.

The Crime Victims Compensation program is managed by the Division of Crime Victims Compensation in Schmidt’s office, which was founded in 1978 to provide assistance to victims of violent crimes and pay for their unexpected expenses such as medical treatment, mental health counseling, lost wages, dependent support and funeral costs.

Claims that are eligible for payment and how much money will be awarded to each claimant are decided by the state’s three-member Crime Victims Compensation Board.

The amount of award is limited for every claimant to $25,000 with limitations of $5,000 for funeral expense, $3,500 for outpatient mental health counseling, $10,000 for inpatient mental health treatment and $1,000 for grief counseling for family survivors of homicide victims.

To operate the program, funds are provided by a 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.