Crime victim reparations awarded for October

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $376,574.25 to victims of crime in October, according to an announcement from Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s office. Awards were made in 186 new cases. Additional expenses were paid in 19 previously submitted cases.

In Jefferson County, $31,963.34 was awarded.

The Crime Victims Reparations Board authorizes compensation to victims of violent crime in Arkansas for unexpected expenses incurred as a result of the crime, such as medical treatment or mental-health counseling. 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 to award to each claimant. Victims may receive up to $10,000 in reparations. However, in instances where victims receive catastrophic injuries resulting in total and permanent disability, awards may be as high as $25,000.

In 2012, crime victims in Arkansas were awarded a total of $3,930,971.02