Beebe Says $263,000 To Be Issued to Crime Victims

September 17, 2003 - Posted at: 8:37 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The state Attorney General's office says 175 crime victims in Arkansas are authorized almost $263,000 in reparations.

Attorney General Mike Beebe says the payments authorized in August are intended to help victims of violent crime begin rebuilding their lives.

The payments were authorized by the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board.  Beebe's office provides staff to administrate the Crime Victims Program under the board's direction.

The program is intended to help compensate victims for unexpected expenses such as medical treatment, mental health counseling, rehabilitation, lost wages or medical expenses.  Individual awards are usually $10,000 or less.

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