FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - 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.