Crime Victim Reparations
Victims of violent crime in Arkansas may receive compensation and assistance from the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Program. The program was created by the General Assembly.
The program provides a method of compensating and assisting victims and their dependents who have suffered personal injury or death as a result of violent crimes, including DWIs committed in Arkansas. Claimants may request compensation for medical care, counseling, lost wages, replacement services, funeral expenses, loss of support and crime-scene cleanup. Eligible victims may be awarded reparations regardless of whether there has been an arrest or conviction related to the crime.
Victims may apply for compensation by submitting an application to the Attorney General’s Office. Applications are available from the Attorney General’s Office or from Arkansas’s 28 elected prosecutors. Additionally, applications can be downloaded below.
The program’s administrative staff at the Attorney General’s Office is responsible for conducting investigations on all submitted claims. Following that, the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board determines which claims are to be paid and how much may be awarded. Claims are limited to $10,000 or $25,000 in the case of catastrophic injury.
The Crime Victims Reparations Board is a five-member body appointed by the governor. Current 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.
In 2014, victims of violent crime were awarded $3,449,212 by the board.
A representative of the Attorney General’s Office is available for speaking engagements on the compensation program at no cost to law enforcement, service providers or victim advocacy groups.
Upcoming Meetings of the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board
September 17, 2015
November 19, 2015
Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Program
Arkansas Attorney General’s Office
323 Center Street, Suite 200
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Phone: (501) 682-1020 or (800) 448-3014