Law expands burial payments for violent crime
By Lara Moscrip, Bay City News Service
Family members of violent crime victims can now have the funeral
and burial expenses of their relatives reimbursed by the state,
without regard to the victim's parole or probation status, Assemblyman
Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, announced Wednesday.
A bill Leno introduced reimburses the family of violent crime
victims for expenses of up to $7,500.
Before the signing of the bill, if the victim of a violent crime
was on parole or probation at the time of death, burial and funeral
expenses were not reimbursed by the California Victim Compensation
and Government Claims Board, Leno said.
Community leaders and members of Community Leadership Academy
Emergency Responses (CLAER), based in San Francisco, cheered the
"When society fails to protect individuals who have worked
hard to get their lives back on track and leave their gang pasts
behind after release from prison, the least we can do is make
sure their families' losses are not further compounded with funeral
and burial expenses,'' Leno said in a statement.
According to Leno, over the past five years, nearly 42 percent
of Oakland homicide victims were on parole or probation when they
"These families have suffered severely -- first through
the anguish of witnessing their loved one get swallowed into a
life of crime and again when their loved one is unjustly killed
after attempting to do what society has asked of them,'' Leno
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