NOVEMBER 2013 CRIME VICTIM REPARATIONS ANNOUNCED
LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $225.589.50 to victims of crime in November. Awards were made in 122 new cases. Additional expenses were paid in 24 previously submitted cases.
Victims of violent crime in Arkansas may be eligible for compensation through the state’s Crime Victims Reparations Program. The program helps crime victims pay for unexpected expenses associated with the crime, such as expenses for medical treatment, mental-health counseling or funerals. Victims may receive up to $10,000 in reparations. In some instances in which victims receive catastrophic injuries, awards may be as high as up to $25,000.
The Attorney General’s Office administers the Crime Victims Reparations Program. The Crime Victims Reparations Board determines which claims are eligible for payment and how much money to award to each claimant.
In 2012, the Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $3,930,971.02 to victims of crime.
The program was established in 1987 by the Arkansas General Assembly. The program is funded by court costs, fees and fines assessed to convicted criminals.
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 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.