Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
Pursuant to the authority granted to it by the Maryland Annotated Code, Criminal Procedure Article, §§11-801-11-819 and the Secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, the Maryland Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB) provides financial assistance to crime victims who have suffered compensable injury or loss in the aftermath of victimization. The CICB consists of two equal entities which co-exist under the authority of the Secretary: an appointed Board, which hears disputed claims and makes decisions regarding awards and denials and an employed staff, which processes requests for compensation under the direction of CICB’s Executive Director. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund (CICF) consists of a special state fund appropriation, which is comprised of fees levied throughout the criminal justice process and a federal fund appropriation, which is also comprised of fees levied on offenders in the federal criminal justice system.
Mission:The Criminal Injuries Compensation Board assists the Department and the Secretary in enhancing services to victims of crime by providing compassionate care and mitigating the impact on crime victims by providing financial assistance in the aftermath of criminal victimization.
Vision: The Maryland Criminal Injuries Compensation Board will be nationally and within the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services recognized as a leader in the field of crime victim services and rights. We will be known as a compensation authority who values dignity, respect, professionalism, diversity, and competence in our interactions with each other, our colleagues, and our constituency. We strive to meet one of the core rights of crime victims: financial restoration. We will provide compassionate and competent services to crime victims by accurately and efficiently processing claims for compensation to alleviate financial hardship in the aftermath of criminal victimization. We will set the standard for and provide leadership in the field of crime victim services within the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. Claimants of the Maryland Criminal Injuries Compensation Board will be presumed eligible for claims and will be heard throughout the claims process, be treated with dignity, respect, and fairness, be informed at all times of their claims status, and will fully afforded the right to participate in the claims process