Crime Victims Compensation Act

The Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Law provides victims of crimes against persons with compensation for loss of earnings and out-of-pocket expenses for injuries sustained as a direct result of a crime against their persons.  Out-of-pocket means reasonable medical care or other services necessary as a result of the injury.  Other services include mental health counseling and partial funeral, burial, or cremation expenses.  A dependent or legal representative of a victim who has met death as a result of a violent crime may apply on behalf of the victim.

Victims, or their representatives, can apply for compensation by filling out a Declaration of Eligibility form and mailing it to the Crime Victims Compensation Board.  The form is available in the Olathe Municipal Prosecutor's Office or by contacting the Crime Victims Compensation Board in Topeka, Kansas as 785-296-2359.

 

Kansas Constitutional Amendment for Victims of Crime

Victims of crime, as defined by law, shall be entitled to certain basic rights, including the right to be informed of and to be present at public hearings, as defined by law, of the criminal justice process and to be heard at sentencing or at any other time deemed appropriate by the court, to the extent that these rights do not interfere with the constitutional or statutory rights of the accused.

Nothing in this section shall be construed as creating a cause of action for money damages against the state, a county, a municipality, or any of the agencies, instrumentalities, or employees thereof.  The Legislature may provide for other remedies to ensure adequate enforcement of this section.

Nothing in this section shall be construed to authorize a court to set aside or to void a finding of guilty or not guilty or an acceptance of a plea of guilty or to set aside any sentence imposed or any other final disposition in any criminal case.