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August 28, 2014

LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $232,649.89 to victims of crime in July. Awards were made in 102 new cases. Additional expenses were paid in 49 previously submitted cases.

The Attorney General’s Office administers the state’s Crime Victims Reparations Program, and the Crime Victims Reparations Board determines which claims are eligible for payment and how much money will be awarded to each claimant.

Victims of violent crime in Arkansas may submit claims to the Program to help defray the costs of medical treatment, mental-health counseling or other unexpected expenses associated with the crime. Most awards are limited to $10,000 or less, although the maximum award may be as high as $25,000 for a crime victim who receives catastrophic injuries.

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

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 program, call the Crime Victims Hotline at (800) 448-3014 or visit the Attorney General’s website, www.ArkansasAG.gov.