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May 20, 2014

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $308,652.77 to victims of crime in April, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today. Awards were made in 213 new cases, with additional expenses paid in 11 previously submitted cases.

The Attorney General’s Office administers the state’s Crime Victims Reparations Program. Victims of violent crime in Arkansas are eligible to receive reparations from the program to compensate for unexpected expenses subsequent to the crime. Victims may receive funding for medical treatment, mental health counseling, lost wages or other related costs.

In 2013, the Board awarded a total of $$3,910,389.92 in reparations.

The Crime Victims Reparations Program was established by the General Assembly in 1987, and it is funded through court costs and fees. A portion of the funding comes from fines assessed to convicted criminals.

The Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board determines which claims are eligible for payment and how much money will be awarded to each claimant.

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

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