Funding for state-run program that helps crime victims part of Gov. Ducey’s budget proposal
PHOENIX — A state-run program that helps crime victims could be getting some much-needed funding after it was included in Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s $14.2 billion spending plan for the fiscal year.
Ducey proposed $1.75 million go to the Victim Compensation and Assistance program through the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission.
Andrew LeFevre, director of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, calls the program a safety net for victims since it helps them pay for costs associated with the crime after they have exhausted all options.
“The state has a system in place for where we can help offset the costs of the victimization,” LeFevre said, adding this includes medical bills or counseling that the victims don’t have the insurance for or the companies refuse to cover.
LeFevre said the proposed funding comes after the state has seen a big jump in population growth.
“The funding for that program has remained relatively flat or has been declining despite the population growth in Arizona because of the funding mechanism that’s involved with it,” he said.
LeFevre said the department has been working with Ducey and the state legislature for the last couple of years to get more funding.