TOPEKA, Kansas — A state board has awarded nearly $259,000 to 111 Kansas victims of violent crime needing help with such expenses as mental health treatment and funeral costs.
The awards were approved at the November meeting of the Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board. The compensation program is administered by a division of the state attorney general's office, which announced the awards Thursday.
Spokesman Don Brown says awards were made in 43 new cases, and additional expenses were paid in 68 cases submitted previously.
Funds for the program come from court costs, fines, inmate wages, parole fees and restitution paid by convicted offenders. Victims of violent crimes and survivors of homicide victims may receive up to $25,000 to cover a wide range of expenses.