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March 19, 2013

LITTLE ROCK - The Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $332,357.38 to victims of crime in February, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today. Awards were made in 132 cases, with additional expenses paid in 29 previously submitted cases.

The Attorney General's office administers the State's Crime Victims Reparations Program. The program provides compensation to victims of violent crime for such expenses as medical treatment, counseling and replacement services. The Crime Victims Reparations Board determines which claims are eligible for payment and how much money will be paid.

The maximum award to crime victims to help defray unexpected expenses is $10,000. However, in instances where victims receive catastrophic injuries, awards can be as high as $25,000.

Last year, the Crime Victims Reparations board awarded $3,930,971.02 in reparations.

Awards are funded through court costs and fees, as well as fines assessed to convicted criminals.

Members of the Crime Victims Reparations Board are: Dr. Janice Church of Little Rock, Colleen Nick of Alma, Louis Jones of Fayetteville, Bryce Brewer of Little Rock and Alex Finger of Little Rock.

For more information about the Crime Victims Reparations Program, call the Crime Victims Hotline at (800) 448-3014, or visit the Attorney General's Office website at www.ArkansasAG.gov.