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March 14, 2011

LITTLE ROCK - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $271,990.33 in reparations to 110 crime victims in February.

The state's Crime Victims Reparations Program is available to victims of crime to help cover costs associated for the victims' unexpected expenses. The program will provide compensation for medical treatment, mental health counseling, lost wages, replacement services and funeral expenses.

The Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded more than $3.3 million to 1,704 victims in 2010.

The General Assembly created the program in 1987. Awards are limited to $10,000 or less; however, for victims receiving catastrophic injuries resulting in total and permanent disability, the maximum award can be as high as $25,000.

A portion of the reparations funding comes from fines imposed on the convicted criminals. Additionally, court costs and fees are a major revenue source for the program.

The Attorney General's Office provides staff to administer the Crime Victims Program under the direction of the Crime Victims Reparations Board. The board members decide 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.

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