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JUNE 2012 CRIME VICTIM REPARATIONS ANNOUNCED

LITTLE ROCK - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $322,427.94 in reparations to victims of crime in June. Awards were made in 138 new cases. Additional expenses were paid in 24 previously submitted cases.

The Crime Victims Reparations Program provides compensation for the unexpected expense of victims of violent crime, including compensation for medical treatment, mental health counseling, lost wages, replacement services and funeral costs. 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.

The Crime Victims Reparations Board determines which claims are eligible for payment and how much money will be awarded to each claimant. McDaniel's office administers the program, which is in its 25th year.

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

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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