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February 15, 2011

LITTLE ROCK -Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $253,521.96 in reparations to 107 crime victims in January.

The Crime Victims Reparations Program provides compensation for victims' unexpected expenses, including medical treatment, mental health counseling, lost wages, replacement services and funeral expenses. Most 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.

The program was created by the General Assembly in 1987.

For the entire 2010 year, the Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded 1,704 claims for a total payout of $3,308,135.19.

One innovative aspect of the state's Crime Victims Reparations Program is that a portion of the reparations funding comes from fines imposed on convicted criminals. In addition, 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
1-800-448-3014, or visit www.ArkansasAG.gov.