Oversight Committee ‘Confident’ in Crime Victim Assistance Division’s Practices

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Legislative Oversight Committee was back in session Monday, investigating the administrative practices of the Crime Victim Assistance Division, which is run by the Attorney General's Office.

The program pays local non-profits that help victims of violent crimes.

The committee held the hearing because of concerns taxpayer dollars may have been misspent or improperly documented.

The program's director answered questions and says concerns brought up last session such as a lack of standardized forms were all taken into consideration. The division has already introduced a new manual making everything more uniform.

“They brought up some legitimate things we were able to put into practice that  I think will help everybody understand or there will be some more transparency going forward,” says division director Janelle Melohn.

At the end of the hearing lawmakers say they felt confident the division is following all practices and procedures and is using taxpayer dollars appropriately.