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LITTLE ROCK - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel today announced that the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $318,085.22 to victims of crime in April. Awards were made in 160 new cases. Additional expenses were paid in 31 previously submitted cases.

McDaniel's office administers the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Program, which was established in 1987 to help victims of violent crime pay for their unexpected expenses, such as medical treatment, mental health counseling, lost wages and replacement services.

The state's Crime Victims Reparations Board determines claims that are eligible for payment and how much money will be awarded to each claimant. Most awards are limited to $10,000 or less. However, for victims receiving catastrophic injuries resulting in total and permanent disability, the maximum award can be as high as $25,000.

In 2011, the Board awarded a total of $3,820,230.84 to victims of crime in Arkansas.

Court costs and fees fund the program, with a portion of the funding coming from fines imposed on convicted criminals.

Members of the Crime Victims Reparations Board are: Dr. Janice Church of Little Rock, Colleen Nick of Alma, Redious Yancy of North Little Rock, Louis Jones of Fayetteville and Bryce Brewer of Little Rock.

For more information about the Crime Victims Reparations Program, call the Crime Victims Hotline at (800) 448-3014, or visit the Attorney General's Office website at www.arkansasag.gov.

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