A national study ranks Nebraska dead last in the compensation it provides its victims of crime.
Nebraska ranks as the stingiest state.
“This is not the leaderboard that you want to be atop, but Nebraska has this dubious title this year,” Justice Fellowship President Craig DeRoche tells Nebraska Radio Network.
According to the study, Nebraska pays a paltry $26, on average, to crime victims. That is far below the national average of $295, which Justice Fellowship says is still dismal compensation for those who have gone through the trauma of crime.
“So, Nebraska is not alone in what we would call underserving the victims of crime, but they happen to be the state that pays the least from their victims compensation funds to the actual victims of crimes,” according to DeRoche.
In fact, DeRoche says no state has a comprehensive plan for victims’ rights, both compensation and restitution, though some provide more compensation to victims than others.
National statistics disclose there are 7 million victims of crime each year in America. Only 200,000 of those victims will receive any money from crime victim compensation funds.
States spend less than one percent of the money devoted to corrections on crime compensation.
DeRoche suggests Nebraska join with other states, asking the federal government to release more of the $11 billion in federal crime victim compensation money he says now sits idle in Washington.
DeRoche also suggests Nebraska loosen its regulations on applying for compensation. In particular, he says the state needs to scrap a requirement that crime victims apply for compensation within three days of the crime.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]