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LITTLE ROCK - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $335,747.87 in reparations to victims of crime in July. Awards were made in 192 new cases. Additional expenses were paid in 37 previously submitted cases.

Victims of violent crime in Arkansas are eligible for compensation through the state's Crime Victims Reparations Program. Reparations may be available to help defray the costs of medical treatment, mental health counseling or other associated expenses. 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 Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $3,820,230.84 to victims of crime in Arkansas.

The Board determines which claims are eligible for payment and the amount to be awarded to each claimant. The Attorney General's Office administers the program.

The program was established in 1987 and it is funded through court costs and fees. Additionally, a portion of funding is 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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