Grant money will help victims in the courtroom

ASOTIN, WA - The Asotin County Commission approved a victim witness assistance agreement this morning, to assist those in the court room who need it most.

The agreement, which gives Asotin County nearly $70,000, is with the Washington State Department of Commerce, Community Services and Housing Division. The money allows the prosecutor's office to pay for victim advocates and give assistance to victim witnesses among several other functions.

"These individuals do a heck of a lot of work and speed up the court process but also comfort the people that really need that," said Asotin County Commissioner Jim Fuller. "I commend those people that work with the individuals out there."

County Prosecutor Ben Nichols said they couldn't function without the annual assistance of the agreement, in order to help victims in the courtroom.