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MARCH CRIME VICTIM REPARATIONS ANNOUNCED

LITTLE ROCK - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $364,100.82 to victims of crime in March. Awards were made in 171 new cases. Additional expenses were paid in 32 previously submitted cases.

Victims of violent crime may be eligible for compensation from the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Program, which is administered by the Attorney General's Office. Victims may be compensated for medical treatment, mental health counseling and lost wages, among other eligible expenses.

The Crime Victims Reparations Board determines claims that are eligible for payment and how much money will be awarded to each claimant. Most awards are limited to $10,000 or less, but victims receiving catastrophic injuries resulting in total and permanent disability may receive as much as $25,000.

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

The Arkansas General Assembly established the Crime Victims Reparations Program in 1987. The program is funded by court costs and fees. A portion of the funding comes from fines imposed on convicted criminals.

Members of the Crime Victims Reparations 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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