OCTOBER CRIME VICTIM REPARATIONS ANNOUNCED
LITTLE ROCK - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $172,109.68 in reparations to 86 crime victims in October. Additionally, expenses were paid in 65 previously submitted cases.
"The Crime Victims Reparations Program provides a tangible benefit to victims of crime in Arkansas, and more Arkansans are discovering that necessary, invaluable help is available to them," McDaniel said. "I hope word continues to spread about the program, even as we continue to fight crime in Arkansas."
The program offers compensation to victims for 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.
For the entire 2009 year, 1738 claims were awarded for total payout of $3,821,954.01.
An innovative aspect of the program is that 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 General Assembly created the Crime Victims Reparations Program in 1987.
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, and Attorney Louis Jones of Fayetteville.
For more information about the Crime Victims Program, call the Crime Victims Hotline at (800) 448-3014, or visit www.arkansasag.gov.