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April 14, 2011

LITTLE ROCK - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $352,499.91 in reparations to 145 crime victims during March.

McDaniel's office administers the state's Crime Victims Reparations Program, which provides compensation for victims of crime. The reparations payments cover victims' unexpected expenses such as medical treatment, mental health counseling, lost wages, replacement services and funeral costs.

"This program provides victims of crime with the resources they need and the support they deserve," McDaniel said. "Crime victims should know that this tangible, necessary help is available to them."

The Crime Victims Reparations Program was created by the General Assembly in 1987. Funding comes from court costs and fees, as well as fines imposed on convicted criminals.

Most awards are limited to $10,000 or less, but for victims receiving catastrophic injuries resulting in total and permanent disability, the maximum award can be as high as $25,000.

In 2010, more than 1,700 claims were awarded for a total of more than $3.3 million.

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.

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