County crime victims receive reparations from state board

Victims of crime in Jefferson County received more than $9,600 in reparations from the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparation Board in July, according to a news release from the Attorney General’s Office Monday.

The board determines which claims are eligible for payment and how much money will be awarded to each claimant. Most awards are limited to $10,000 or less though a maximum of $25,000 can be awarded for victims who suffer catastrophic injuries.

Awards are made to help victims of violent crime pay unexpected expenses associated with the crime such as medical treatment or mental health counseling. Reparations are also available to cover replacement services, lost wages or other costs.

The Crime Victims Reparations Program was established by the Arkansas Legislature in 1987. The program is funded by court costs, fees and fines imposed on convicted criminals.

According to the news release, the board made awards in three new cases, and supplemental awards in two other cases in Jefferson County last month.

Statewide, a total of $317,731.10 was awarded in July. Awards were made in 187 new cases, and additional expenses were paid in 17 previously submitted cases.

Awards to victims in other Southeast Arkansas Counties were as follows:

• Arkansas County, three new cases, $1,863.03

• Bradley County, two new cases, $606.49

• Desha County, one new case, $5,985

• Drew County, one new case, $7,500

• Grant County, three new cases, one supplemental case, $7,096.14

• Lincoln County, one supplemental case, $303.75