More than $52,000 in reparations was awarded to victims of violent crime in Southeast Arkansas last month, according to a news release from Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.
Crime victims in the state are eligible to receive reparations to help pay for unexpected expenses such as medical bills and mental health counseling, and compensation is also available for lost wages and replacement services.
The Crime Victims Reparation Board determines which claims are eligible for payment and how much money will be awarded in each case. Though most awards are limited to $10,000 or less, the maximum award can be up to $25,000 for victims who receive catastrophic injuries.
The program was established by the Arkansas General Assembly in 1987, and is funded by court costs and fees, as well as fines imposed on convicted criminals.
Statewide, a total of just over $370,000 was paid to victims of crime in June. That represents 139 new cases, as well as additional expenses that were paid in 46 previously submitted cases.
In 2012, the board approved reparations of more than $3.9 million.
Awards made to counties in Southeast Arkansas including the amount and number of cases are as follows:
• Ashley County — One supplemental award, $330.
• Desha County — Three new cases, $2,751.72
• Drew County — Two new cases, $221.30
• Grant County — One new case, one supplemental case, $7,154,13
• Jefferson County — Thirteen new cases, three supplemental cases, $41,913.57