FORT LAUDERDALE, FL -- The fund to help crime victims is shrinking in Florida.
The South Florida newspaper reported Sunday the Crime Compensation Trust Fund dropped from $24 million in 2008 to just under $6 million in 2010.
That money helps victims pay for medical bills, counseling and other out-of-pocket expenses related to crimes.
South Florida is largely to blame. The newspaper reports payouts to crime victims keeps rising in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties, but not enough criminals are paying court costs and fines to cover it.
Each person convicted of a crime in Florida must pay $50 to the fund. Judges can assess extra fines.
Jennifer Davis with the Florida Attorney General's Office says the state had to lower payouts to crime victims last year.
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