Jefferson County crime residents received more than $45,000 in reparations from the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board in November, according to the Attorney General’s Office.
In a news release, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said the board made awards in 25 new cases, and additional funds were provided in two other cases. Crime victims received a total of $45,001.34 in Jefferson County.
Statewide, the Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $225,589.50 to victims of crime in November. The awards were made in 122 new cases and 24 previously submitted cases.
The board awards compensation to victims of violent crime in the state, with the funds being made available for unexpected expenses such as medical treatment, mental health counseling or funerals. Awards of up to $10,000 are available, but some victims who receive catastrophic injuries may be eligible to receive up to $25,000.
The program is funded by court costs and fees assessed to convicted criminals.
Other counties receiving money from the Reparations Board, the number of cases and the amount of the awards are as follows:
• Arkansas County, one new case, $357.67
• Ashley County, one new case, $893.17
• Dallas County: one new case, $893.17
• Drew County, three new cases, $2,679.51
• Grant County, one supplemental case, $95.
• Lincoln County, one new case, one supplemental case, $949.42