Conway Wants More Money For Crime Victims

May 10, 2012

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Attorney General Jack Conway has joined his peers across the nation in calling on Congress to raise the cap on the federal Crime Victims Fund to at least $1 billion.

Conway was among 51 members of the National Association of Attorneys General who signed a letter that arrived on Capitol Hill earlier this week asking for the change so that crime victims can get the help they need.

The Crime Victims Fund gets money through collections of fines, special assessments and other penalties paid by criminals. The fund is nearing a $7.4 billion balance.

The fund provides for more than 4,000 agencies nationwide to help crime victims with the cost of medical care, mental health counseling, lost wages and funeral and burial costs.