Board awards more than $217,000 to crime victims

LITTLE ROCK, AR (AP) - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded more than $217,698 in reparations to 106 crime victims in March.

Additional expenses were paid in 58 previously submitted cases. Last year, 1,738 claims were awarded for total payout of $3.82 million.

McDaniel said Thursday the record number of people being compensated by the program shows that more victims know help for them is available.

The Arkansas General Assembly created the Crime Victims Reparations Program in 1987 to provide compensation for expenses that include medical treatment, mental health counseling, lost wages, replacement services and funerals.

Most awards are limited to $10,000 or less, but victims receiving catastrophic injuries resulting in total and permanent disability are eligible for a maximum award as high as $25,000.

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