SEPTEMBER 2013 CRIME VICTIM REPARATIONS ANNOUNCED
LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $411,018.15 in reparations during September. Awards were made in 204 new cases. Additional expenses were paid in 30 previously submitted cases.
The Attorney General’s Office administers the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Program, which assists victims of violent crime in the state. Crime victims may be eligible for compensation from the program to defray the costs of expenses associated with the crime, such as medical treatment or mental health counseling.
The state’s Crime Victims Reparations Board determines which claims are eligible for payment and how much money to award to each claimant. In 2013, the board awarded a total of $3,930,971.02 to crime victims.
Most individual awards are limited to $10,000 or less. However, awards can be as high as $25,000 to victims who receive catastrophic injuries.
The Crime Victims Reparations program was established by the Arkansas General Assembly in 1987. It 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.