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LITTLE ROCK - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $268,719.21 to victims of crime in January. Awards were made in 166 cases, with additional expenses paid in 59 previously submitted cases.

Victims of violent crime in Arkansas are eligible for reparations through the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Program, which is administered by the Attorney General's Office. The program compensates victims for medical treatment, counseling, replacement services and lost wages, among other eligible expenses.

Crime victims may receive up to $10,000 to defray unexpected expenses associated with the crime. In some instances where victims receive catastrophic injuries, awards may be as high as $25,000.

The Crime Victims Reparations Program was created by the General Assembly in 1987, and awards are funded through court costs and fees. A portion of the funding for the program is from fines assessed to convicted criminals.

The Crime Victims Reparations Board determines which claims are eligible for payment and how much money will be awarded.

In 2012, the Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $3,930,971.02 in reparations.

Members of the board are: Dr. Janice Church of Little Rock, Colleen Nick of Alma, Louis Jones of Fayetteville, Bryce Brewer of Little Rock and Alex Finger 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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