OCTOBER CRIME VICTIM REPARATIONS ANNOUNCED
LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $276,956.07 to victims of crime in October. Awards were made in 204 new cases. Additional expenses were paid in 19 previously submitted cases.
Victims of violent crime may be eligible for compensation from the state’s Crime Victim Reparation Program for unexpected expenses, such as medical treatment, mental health counseling and funeral costs. Compensation is also available for lost wages and replacement services.
Crime victims may receive up to $10,000 to cover costs such as medical treatment or mental health counseling. In some instances where victims receive catastrophic injuries, awards may be as high as up to $25,000.
The Crime Victims Reparations Program was created by the Arkansas General Assembly in 1987. A portion of funding for reparations comes from fines imposed on convicted criminals. Court costs and fees are also a major revenue source for the program.
In 2013, the Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $3,910,389.92.
The Attorney General’s Office administers the Crime Victims Reparations Program. The Crime Victims Reparations Board decides what claims will be paid and how much money will be awarded.
Board members 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 program, call the Crime Victims Hotline at (800) 448-3014 or visit the Attorney General’s website, www.ArkansasAG.gov.