CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The governor has signed off on changes made to the West Virginia crime victim compensation awards.
Changes signed into law Monday no longer allow for property owners to seek compensation for meth lab cleanup. In the past, up to $10,000 in compensation was granted per site.
The bill increases victim relocation reimbursements from $2,000 to $2,500.
The bill also extends the time period a sex crime victim can undergo an examination from 72 hours to 96 hours. And while criminal charges are typically a prerequisite for receiving compensation, victims whose perpetrators are unknown will be able to make claims.
The bill also allows victims' student loans to be treated as lost scholarships in some instances.