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February 25, 2014

LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $260,238.42 to victims of crime in January. Awards were made in 117 cases, with additional expenses paid in 36 previously submitted cases.
The Crime Victims Reparations Board awards claims to eligible victims of violent crime in Arkansas, compensating victims for costs such as medical treatment, mental health counseling and other expenses associated with the crime. The Attorney General’s Office administers the state’s Crime Victims Reparations Program.
Last year, the board awarded a total of $3,910,389.92 to victims of crime in Arkansas.
Crime victims may receive up to $10,000 to defray their unexpected costs. In some instances where victims receive catastrophic injuries, awards may be as high as $25,000.
The Arkansas General Assembly created the Crime Victims Reparations Program in 1987. Awards are funded by court costs and fees, with a portion of the funding coming from fines assessed to convicted criminals.
The Crime Victims Reparations Board determines which claims are eligible for payment and how much money will be awarded to each claimant.
Members of the 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.