Crime Victims Fund awards more than $411,000 in September

Crime victims from six Southeast Arkansas counties shared in more than $411,000 in reparations from the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board in September, according to Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.

According to a release from McDaniel’s office, awards were made in 204 new cases, and additional expenses were paid in 30 cases that had previously been submitted.

Crime victims may be eligible to receive compensation to defray the costs of expenses associated with the crime, such as medical treatment or mental health counseling.

Southeast Arkansas counties where victims received awards, the number of cases and total amount of the awards are as follows:

• Arkansas County, one new case, $910.88

• Desha County, two new cases, $9,634.46

• Drew County, one new case, no award

• Grant County, one new case, $890.88

• Jefferson County, nine new cases, $22,317.86

• Lincoln County, three previous cases, $142.50

The board determines which claims are eligible for reimbursement and how much money to award to each claimant. Most individual awards are limited to $10,000 or less but awards of up to $25,000 can be made to victims who receive catastrophic injuries.

The Crime Victims Reparations program was established by the Arkansas General Assembly in 1987. It is funded through court costs, fees and fines assessed convicted criminals.

The Attorney General’s Office administers the program.