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November 25, 2013

LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $376,574.25 to victims of crime in October. Awards were made in 186 new cases. Additional expenses were paid in 19 previously submitted cases.

The Crime Victims Reparations Board authorizes compensation to victims of violent crime in Arkansas for unexpected expenses incurred as a result of the crime, such as medical treatment or mental-health counseling. The Attorney General’s Office administers the state’s Crime Victims Reparations Program.

The board determines which claims are eligible for payment and how much money to award to each claimant. Victims may receive up to $10,000 in reparations. However, in instances where victims receive catastrophic injuries resulting in total and permanent disability, awards may be as high as $25,000.

In 2012, crime victims in Arkansas were awarded a total of $3,930,971.02

The Arkansas General Assembly established the Crime Victims Reparations Program in 1987. The program is funded through 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 at www.ArkansasAG.gov.