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LITTLE ROCK - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $236,107.64 to victims of crime in November. Awards were made in 123 new cases. Additional expenses were paid in 39 previously submitted cases.

Victims of violent crime in Arkansas are eligible for compensation from the state's Crime Victims Reparations Program to help defray unexpected expenses associated with the crime. Crime victims may receive up to $10,000 to cover costs such as medical treatment or mental health counseling. In some instances where victims receive catastrophic injuries, awards may be as high as up to $25,000.

The Crime Victims Reparations Program was created by the Arkansas General Assembly in 1987. A portion of funding for reparations comes from fines imposed on convicted criminals. Court costs and fees are also a major revenue source for the program.

In 2011, the Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded 2,001 claims for a total of $3,820,230.84.

The Attorney General's Office administers the Crime Victims Reparations Program. The Crime Victims Reparations Board decides which claims will be paid and how much money will be awarded.

Board members 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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