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LITTLE ROCK - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $391,986.30 in reparations to crime victims during August. Awards were made in 168 new cases. Additional expenses were paid in 50 previously submitted cases.

The Attorney General's Office administers the state's Crime Victims Reparations Program, which provides compensation to victims of violent crime for expenses associated with the crime. For example, crime victims would be eligible for financial assistance to defray the cost of medical treatment or mental health counseling.

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 Crime Victims Reparations Board determines which claims are eligible for payment and the amount to be awarded to each claimant.

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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