Crime doesn’t pay, but in Texas, criminals do.
Texas courts collect court costs from convicted offenders for the Crime Victims’ Compensation. Please understand that the statute does not pay to provide for the reimbursement of property damage or losses due to property crimes.
General Program Information:
In 1979, the Texas Legislature passed the Crime Victims’ Compensations Act, creating the Compensation to Victims of Crime Fund and the Crime Victims’ Compensation (CVC) Program. The primary purpose of the Fund is encouraging greater victim participation in the apprehension and prosecution of criminals and reimbursing innocent victims for certain out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a result of violent crime.
The Crime Victims’ Compensation (CVC) Program is supported through a legislative appropriation from the Compensation to Victims of Crime Fund. Revenue for the Fund is collected from convicted offenders through criminal court costs, fees, and fines while victims of violence are assisted with expenses related to the crime. The Fund receives revenue from the following sources:
State Court Costs, Parolee Supervision Fees, Donations, Subrogation, Federal VOCA Grant; Restitution.
The Crime Victims’ Compensation Program is administered by the Office of the Attorney General and is dedicated to ensuring that victims of violent crime are provided financial assistance for crime-related expenses that cannot be reimbursed by insurance or other sources.
The financial assistance may be limited or unavailable depending on laws in effect when the crime occurred and is dependent upon the applicant providing necessary and required documentation.
This information is taken from The Office of the Attorney General.