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OCTOBER CRIME VICTIM REPARATIONS ANNOUNCED

LITTLE ROCK - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $330,991.27 to victims of crime in October. Awards were made in 213 new cases. Additional expenses were paid in 12 previously submitted cases.

Victims of violent crime in Arkansas may be eligible to receive compensation for their unexpected expenses through the state's Crime Victims Reparations Program. The Attorney General's Office administers the program, and the Crime Victims Reparations Board decides which claims will be paid and how much money will be awarded.

Crime victims may receive up to $10,000 to defray the cost of expenses associated with the crime, such as medical treatment or mental health counseling. In instances where victims receive catastrophic injuries resulting in total and permanent disability, the award may be as high as $25,000.

The Crime Victims Reparations Program is in its 25th year and it is funded by court costs and fees. Additional funding comes from fines imposed on convicted criminals.

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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