Local crime victims receive reparations

Crime victims in Jefferson County were awarded $24,268 in February by the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced Tuesday.

The board awarded $332,357.38 statewide to victims of crime last month in 132 cases, with additional expenses paid in 29 previously submitted cases.

The program provides compensation to victims of violent crime for such expenses as medical treatment, counseling and replacement services.

The number of awards and reparations last month in other Southeast Arkansas counties: Arkansas, two, $7,627; Chicot, one, $1,520; Dallas, one, $7,500; Desha, four, $10,518; Drew, one, $2,745; and Lincoln, one, $261.

Awards are funded through court costs and fees, as well as fines assessed to convicted criminals.

The maximum award to crime victims to help defray unexpected expenses is $10,000. However, in instances where victims receive catastrophic injuries, awards can be as high as $25,000. Last year, the board awarded $3.9 million in reparations.