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July 24, 2014

LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $419,018.96 to victims of crime in June. Awards were made in 312 new cases. Additional expenses were paid in 44 previously submitted cases.

Victims of violent crime in Arkansas may be eligible for reparations from the state’s Crime Victims Reparations Program. Reparations are available to help defray the cost of unexpected expenses associated with the crime, such as medical treatment or mental-health counseling. 

The Attorney General’s office administers the Crime Victims Reparations Program, which was established by the General Assembly in 1987 and is funded by court costs, fees and fines imposed on convicted criminals.

The Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board determines which claims are eligible for payment and how much money will be awarded to each claimant. Most awards are limited to $10,000 or less, although the maximum award can be as high as $25,000 for crime victims who receive catastrophic injuries.

In 2013, the 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.