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September 19, 2013

LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $388,655.68 in reparations to crime victims during August. Awards were made in 184 new cases. Additional expenses were paid in 42 previously submitted cases.

Victims of violent crime in Arkansas may be eligible for reparations to reimburse them for expenses related to the crime, such as medical treatment or mental health counseling. The state’s Crime Victims Reparations Program is administered by the Attorney General’s Office.

Most awards are limited to $10,000 or less. However, awards can be up to $25,000 for some crime victims who receive catastrophic injuries.

The Crime Victims Reparations Board determines which claims are eligible for payment and the amount awarded to each claimant. Last year, the board awarded $3,930,971.02 to crime victims.

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.

The Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Program is in its 26th year. Funding comes from court costs and fees, as well as fines imposed on convicted criminals.

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