More than $307,000 paid to crime victims in Jefferson County last year


Victims of crime in Jefferson County received more than $307,000 in reparations from the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparation program last year, according to Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.

In a news release Wednesday, McDaniel said a total of 107 separate Jefferson County cases were involved, with an additional 52 cases being paid additional expenses last year.

The total payout for the county was $307,735.36 last year. In December, the fund paid $23,735.36 in 12 cases.

Statewide last year, a total of $3,930,971. 02 was awarded to crime victims in 1,992 separate cases.

Victims of violent crime are eligible to receive compensation from the fund to pay for unexpected expenses, including medical treatment and mental health counseling, and compensation may also be paid to cover lost wages, replacement services and funeral expenses.

A board determines which claims are eligible for payment and how much each victim will receive, McDaniel said in the news release. Most awards are limited to $10,000 or less but victims receiving catastrophic injuries resulting in total and permanent disability can receive awards of up to $25,000.

The Crime Victims Reparations Program was created in 1987 by the Arkansas General Assembly, and is funded by court costs and fees. Additional funding comes from fines imposed on convicted criminals.

For more information on the program, contact the Crime Victims Hotline at (800) 448-3014 or visit the Attorney General’s website at www.ArkansasAG.gov

Other counties in Southeast Arkansas where crime victims received compensation from the board included:

• Lincoln — $10,915.45 for two cases.

• Desha — $27,574.94 for four cases and one supplemental award.

• Drew — $23,212.05 for 10 cases and 10 supplemental awards.

• Dallas — $21,615.99 for four cases and one supplemental award.

• Cleveland — $1,060.00 for one case.

• Arkansas — $22,503.90 for nine cases and four supplemental awards.