New York increases restitution for crime victims

Victims of crime in New York State will be able to get more money to replace property necessary for their health, safety or well-being that was stolen, damaged or destroyed in the incident.

The state raised the reimbursement cap from $500 to $2,500.

Proponents of raising the cap say the tiny five hundred dollar reimbursement hasn’t helped people already traumatized by a crime and certainly hasn’t kept up with inflation and the rising cost of living. .

Director of the New York State Office of Victim Services, which provides assistance to victims and survivors of crime, Elizabeth Cronin says victims “often have their whole lives turned upside down in minutes and effects of their experience may linger much longer.”

Reimbursement funds allow survivors to replace lost items and focus on healing.

The cap applies to any claim filed since October 6 with the Office of Victim Services.

State regulations that went into effect on Wednesday, October 12 outline the property that can be claimed, including clothing such as shoes, suits and outerwear, bedding, computers, mobile devices, transportation such as child car seats, tires or motorcycle helmets. Personal health or safety items that could be the subject of a repair or replacement claim include medical devices, hearing aids and eyeglasses.

Again, the new limit is $2,500.

In addition to the replacement or repair of essential personal property, the Office of Victim Services also compensates and reimburses eligible victims for medical and counseling expenses, funeral and burial expenses, relocation, security systems, crime scene clean-up costs and lost wages and support.

Information on OVS resources is available at

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