Crime victims compensation in Maryland: Accomplishments and strategies for the future

 
Author(s)Newmark, Lisa C., and Schaffer, Megan
Title Crime victims compensation in Maryland: Accomplishments and strategies for the future
Source Urban Institute, Washington, May 2003.
Date 2003
Document type Research report
Coverage Maryland, USA
URL http://www.urban.org/uplo​adedPDF/410799_Compensation_MD.pdf
Summary The Office of Crime Control and Prevention in Maryland commissioned this review of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB). The goal of the review was to identify program accomplishments and areas for improvement. The report analyses how well the CICB's policies and procedures serve victims' financial needs. It was found that the program met victims' financial needs in some areas but certain expenses that cannot be reimbursed were identified, such as relocation expenses. A victim survey showed that only one quarter of the victims surveyed knew about the compensation program. The report concluded that the CICB provided good services for those victims who applied for compensation but suggested expanding its reach and providing even more efficient services. A number of legislative, policy and procedural recommendations were made.
Keywords

Compensation; criminal injuries; barriers