CRIME VICTIMS RECEIVED MORE THAN $3.3 MILLION IN 2010

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January 13, 2011

LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas crime victims received more than $3.3 million in reparations in 2010, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today.

The Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded the money last year to a total of 1,705 victims of crime.

The state Crime Victims Reparations Program helps victims defray the costs of unexpected expenses, including medical treatment, mental health counseling, lost wages, replacement services and funeral expenses.

"This worthwhile program is available to Arkansans at a time when they most need assistance," McDaniel said. "We hope that the $3.3 million distributed over the last year can help provide at least some solace to the state's crime victims, and that even as we continue to fight crime in Arkansas, more people will discover the program and the tangible benefits offered."

Total payouts in 2010 were $3,308,052.23.

In the month of December, the board awarded $298,357.53 in reparations to 140 crime victims. Additional expenses were paid in one previously submitted case.

Victims are eligible for awards of up to $10,000; however, for victims receiving catastrophic injuries resulting in total and permanent disability, the maximum award can be as high as $25,000.

Funding from the program comes from court costs and fees, as well as fines imposed on convicted criminals in Arkansas.

The Attorney General's Office provides staff to administer the program.

Crime Victims Reparations Board members decide which claims are paid and award amounts. Board members are Dr. Jan Church of Little Rock, Colleen Nick of Alma, Redius Yancy of North Little Rock, Louis Jones of Fayetteville, and Bryce Brewer of Little Rock.

For more information about the Crime Victims Reparations Program, call the Crime Victims Hotline at (800) 448-3014 or visit www.arkansasag.gov.

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