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15475 Club Deluxe Road
Hammond, Louisiana 70403
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Crime Victims Reparations Program

Crime Victims Reparations Program - Crime Victims Reparations
Effective July 1982, the State of Louisiana established a program for the payment of compensation to the victims of certain crimes. The law, known as the Crime Victims Reparations Act, created the Crime Victims Reparations Board and established the Crime Victims Reparations Fund. The Board administers the Act's provisions and awards payments from the fund. Income for the fund is composed primarily of monies paid as costs levied on criminal court costs. Funds are supplemented by federal grant, court ordered restitution from criminals, donations and interest.

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To apply for the Crime Victims Award, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Believe you are a victim of a violent crime.
  • Are the victim’s legal representative (his/her attorney or the person legally responsible for the expenses).
  • Are the victim's dependent.
  • A claim may be filed regardless of whether the offender is known, has been arrested, and/or has been found guilty.
  • The crime must have been committed after July 16, 1982 and occurred in Louisiana or in a state or country with no compensation program.
  • You must have reported the crime to law enforcement officials within 72 hours unless there was a good cause for filing late.
  • You must file the application within one year from the date of the crime unless there was a good cause for filing late.
  • You must provide the required information on the application.
  • Your losses must not be reimbursable from any other source such as insurance, sick or annual leave, social security, Medicare, Medicaid, civil suit, or restitution. If you have access to any of these resources, you must use those first.
  • You must cooperate with the reasonable requests of law enforcement officials.
 - The Crime Must:
Involve the USE OF FORCE or threat of use of force and result in PERSONAL INJURY, DEATH OR CATASTROPHIC PROPERTY LOSS and result in expenses allowed by the statue and not reimbursable from any other source.

  - Vehicular Crimes (motor vehicle, boat or aircraft) are not included unless you are:
The victim of a DWI driver.
The victim of a hit and run driver.
The victim of a driver who is fleeing the scene of a crime in which he knowingly participated.
The victim whose injuries were intentionally inflicted with a vehicle.

 - Emergency Awards
The Board may make an Emergency Award to a victim not to exceed $500 pending it's final decision on an application. This is done when it appears that an award will likely be made and undue hardship will result if no immediate relief is provided.

Application Requirements:

  • The crime must have been committed in Louisiana after July 16, 1982, or happened to a Louisiana resident in a place with no compensation program.
  • You must have reported the crime to law enforcement officials within 72 hours unless there was a valid reason for a later reporting.
  • You must file the application within one year from the date of the crime.
  • You must provide the required information on the application.
  • Your losses must not be reimbursable from any other source such as insurance, sick or annual leave, social security, Medicare, Medicaid, civil suit, or restitution. If you have access to any of these of other resources, you must use those first.
  • You must cooperate with the reasonable requests of law enforcement officials.

You may be Denied an award if:

  • You do not comply with the application requirements above.
  • You are the offender or an accessory to the crime.
  • You are confined in any type of correctional facility.
  • You were involved in a drug related incident.
  • The Board finds the implication of you behavior at the time of the crime contributed to the incident.
  • The victims had a criminal history which included a felony conviction in the last five years.
  • You were a willing passenger in a vehicle driven by an intoxicated driver.
  • You were operating a vehicle at the time of the crime without the required insurance.
  • You were not wearing a seatbelt as required.

To Apply for a Crime which occurred in Tangipahoa Parish Contact:

To Apply for a Crime which occurred in Tangipahoa Parish Contact: - Crime Victims Reparations

For more information on the Crime Victims Reparations Program, you may contact either the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office at (985) 345.6150 or the Crime Victims Reparations Board, at:

(225) 925-4437 or
1-888-6-VICTIM
To Visit the Louisiana Crime Victim's Reparations Program



Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office
Cynthia Watson
watsonc@tpso.org
15475 Club Deluxe Rd.
Hammond, LA 70403
985-345-6150

The Victim Services Program also includes a Violence Against Women Program and an Elderly Crime Victim Assistance Program. These programs allow the Sheriff's Office to focus its attention and efforts on these specific groups of victims, both of which have special needs and concerns.