Paul D. Cramm

More than 100 Kansas Crime Victims receive support

TOPEKA, KAN. – According to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, 105 victims of crime were given financial support yesterday by the Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board at its September meeting.

Awards were made in forty three new cases and sixty two previously submitted cases. The total amount that was awarded was $271,577.

The Division of Crime Victims Compensation started in 1978 to assist victims of violent crimes under the Crime Victims Compensation program; they 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 the decision of how much money will be awarded to each claimant are determined by the state’s three-member Crime Victims Compensation Board. The amount of money awarded to each victim is limited to a maximum total amount of $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.

The program is managed by the Division of Crime Victims Compensation in Schmidt’s office and it is funded by a portion of assessed court costs and fines, inmate wages, parole fees and restitution paid by convicted offenders of different crimes.

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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.