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June 17, 2013

LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $404,982.10 to victims of crime in May. Awards were made in 180 new cases. Additional expenses were paid in 22 previously submitted cases.

The Crime Victims Reparations Board awards money to victims of violent crime to assist in payment of unexpected expenses such as medical treatment and mental-health counseling. Victims are also eligible for compensation for lost wages and replacement services.

The Attorney General’s Office administers the Crime Victims Reparations Program. The board determines which claims are eligible for payment and how much money will be awarded to claimants. Most awards are limited to $10,000 or less. However, the maximum award can be up to $25,000 for some victims receiving catastrophic injuries.

Last year, the board awarded a total of $3,930,971.02 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.

The Crime Victims Reparations Program was established by the Legislature in 1987. Funding from the program comes from court costs and fees, as well as fines imposed on convicted criminals.

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