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LITTLE ROCK - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $390,064.13 in reparations to victims of crime in September. Awards were made in 212 new cases. Additional expenses were paid in 24 previously submitted cases.

Victims of violent crime in Arkansas may be eligible for compensation from the Crime Victims Reparations Program, which is administered by the Attorney General's Office. The program offers financial assistance to eligible crime victims to defray the cost of expenses associated with the crime, such as medical treatment or mental health counseling.

"The General Assembly established the Crime Victims Reparations Program so that victims of crime in our State could receive tangible assistance at the time they need it the most," McDaniel said. "We encourage crime victims to consider applying for benefits from this important program."

The Crime Victims Reparations Program was established in 1987 and is funded through court costs and fees. Additionally, a portion of the funding is from fines imposed on convicted criminals.

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 the amount to be awarded to each claimant.

In 2011, the Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $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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