Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $370,163.56 to victims of violent crime in June. Awards were made in 139 new cases. Additional expenses were paid in 46 previously submitted cases.
Crime victims in Arkansas are eligible for reparations to assist in payment of unexpected expenses such as medical treatment and mental-health counseling. Compensation is also available for lost wages and replacement services. The Attorney General’s Office administers the state’s Crime Victims Reparations Program.
The Crime Victims Reparations Board determines which claims are eligible for payment and how much money will be awarded to each claimant. Though most awards are limited to $10,000 or less, the maximum award can be as high as $25,000 for crime victims who receive catastrophic injuries.
The Crime Victims Reparations Program was established by the General Assembly in 1987. The program is funded by court costs and fees, as well as fines imposed on convicted criminals.
In 2012, the Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded a total of $3,930,971.02 in reparations.
Members of the Crime Victims Reparations Board are Dr. Janice Church, Bryce Brewer and Alex Finger, all of Little Rock, Colleen Nick of Alma and Louis Jones of Fayetteville.
For more information about the program, call the Crime Victims Hotline at (800) 448-3014 or visit the Attorney General’s website, www.ArkansasAG.gov