Law: Briefs: Nov. 16, 1981

HARD CASH FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME

In Missouri, if crime does not pay, criminals will. Twenty-six dollars to be exact. Under a state law that went into effect last month, any person convicted of any crime is automatically required to pay $26 into a crime-victim compensation fund. The curious amount, which includes $1 to defray the court's collecting expenses, was chosen because it was considered a debt to society that almost any criminal could afford to pay. Supporters of the measure estimate that approximately $250,000 will be raised annually. Crime victims and survivors can...