CRIME VICTIMS RECEIVE $3.9 MILLION IN 2013
LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded more than $3.9 million in reparations to victims of violent crime in Arkansas in 2013.
The board awarded $3,910,389.92 in a total of 2,213 cases last year.
The Attorney General’s Office administers the state’s Crime Victims Reparations Program. The board determines which claims are eligible for payment and how much money will be awarded to each claimant.
“Crime victims in Arkansas have a valuable resource available to them in the Crime Victims Reparations Program,” McDaniel said. “At the time when they need assistance the most, crime victims can apply for assistance to offset the cost of their expenses. Crime victims who believe they may be eligible for this program should contact our office.”
Victims of violent crime may be eligible for compensation for unexpected expenses, such as medical treatment, mental health counseling and funeral costs. Compensation is also available for lost wages and replacement services.
Most awards are limited to $10,000 or less. However, victims who receive catastrophic injuries resulting in total and permanent disability may receive up to $25,000.
The General Assembly established the Crime Victims Reparations Program in 1987. A portion of the funding is from fines imposed on convicted criminals, as well as from court costs and fees.
The 2013 total includes the month of December. In December, the board awarded $221,293.17 in 122 new cases, with additional expenses being paid in 25 cases.
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 Crime Victims Reparations Program, call the Attorney General’s Crime Victims Hotline at (800) 448-3014, or visit the Attorney General’s Office website, www.ArkansasAG.gov.