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May 12, 2011

LITTLE ROCK - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $320,834.84 in reparations to 198 crime victims during April.

Reparations are awarded through the state's Crime Victims Reparations Program, created by the Legislature in 1987 to provide a method of compensation for victims' unexpected expenses. Crime victims may seek reparations for such expenses as medical treatment, mental health counseling, replacement services and funeral costs. Most awards are limited to $10,000 or less, though the maximum award can be as high as $25,000 for victims receiving catastrophic injuries resulting in total and permanent disability.

Last year, more than $3.3 million was distributed to 1,704 victims of crime.

McDaniel's office administers the Crime Victims Reparations Program, which is funded by court costs and fees, as well as fines imposed on convicted criminals.

The Crime Victims Reparations Board decides which claims can be paid and how much can be awarded. Board members include Dr. Jan Church of Little Rock, Colleen Nick of Alma, Redious Yancy of North Little Rock, Louis Jones of Fayetteville, and Bryce Brewer of Little Rock.