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March 24, 2014

LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $314,872.36 to victims of crime in February. Awards were made in 160 cases, with additional expenses paid in 38 previously submitted cases.

The state’s Crime Victims Reparations Program provides assistance to victims of violent crime for costs such as medical treatment, mental health counseling and other expenses associated with the crime. The Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board determines which claims are eligible for payment and how much money should be awarded to each claimant.

In 2013, the board awarded a total of $3,910,389.92 to victims of crime in Arkansas.

Eligible crime victims may receive up to $10,000 in reparations in order to help defray unexpected expenses. In instances where victims receive catastrophic injuries, awards may be as high as $25,000.

The Arkansas Legislature created the Crime Victims Reparations Program in 1987. Funding is from court costs and fees, as well as fines assessed to convicted criminals.

Members of the Crime Victims Reparation 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 Attorney General’s Crime Victims Hotline at (800) 448-3014, or visit the Attorney General’s Office website, www.ArkansasAG.gov.