$3M returned to crime victims in Baxter County

Office takes unique approach to aid victims of crimes

By Karen Hopper

Imagine being the victim of a long-forgotten crime more than 20 years ago and finding an envelope in your mailbox from the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office with a check enclosed. It’s happened–more than once.

By taking a number of unique approaches to aid victims of crimes since Sheriff John Montgomery took office almost 15 years ago, this week his office reached a milestone. Montgomery says a check was written representing his department having returned $3 million in victims’ restitution from felony crimes.

Montgomery says he has been frustrated during his law enforcement career when it seemed victims are often left out. He says there is talk about the cost of incarceration and courts, but seldom about the financial impact of victims. READ MORE.

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