Fines paid by convicted federal criminals soon will be helping Kansas crime victims.
Atty. Gen. Carla Stovall announced this week that her office received more than $1.3 million through the 1984 federal Victims of Crime Act. Money awarded through the act comes from fines and penalties assessed against convicted federal criminals.
Stovall said the money allocated to Kansas would be awarded to programs dealing with victims of violent crimes including sexual assault, spouse abuse and child abuse.
Mary Horsch, Stovall's director of communications, said any program in the state dealing with crime victims was eligible to apply for the federal funds. Applications for the funds will be distributed later.
The funds will be allocated over the summer and will be available for use Oct. 1, the beginning of the federal government's fiscal year.
Women's Transitional Care Service was the only Lawrence program to receive money last year from the federal Victims of Crime Act, Horsch said. WTCS received $25,000.