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More than $61,000 paid to Pulaski County crime victims

A total of $61,475 in reparations was awarded to victims of violent crime in Pulaski County last month, according to a news release from Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.

The amount was associated with 21 new cases and 15 supplemental cases, according to the release.

Statewide, $370,164 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.

Crime victims in Arkansas are eligible for reparations to assist in payment of unexpected expenses such as medical treatment and mental-health counseling. Compensation is also available for lost wages and replacement services. The Attorney General’s Office administers the state’s Crime Victims Reparations Program.

The Crime Victims Reparations Board determines which claims are eligible for payment and how much money will be awarded to each claimant. Though most awards are limited to $10,000 or less, the maximum award can be as high as $25,000 for crime victims who receive catastrophic injuries.

The Crime Victims Reparations Program was established by the General Assembly in 1987. The program is funded by court costs and fees, as well as fines imposed on convicted criminals.

In 2012, the Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded a total of $3,930,971.02 in reparations.

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