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Washington County has Highest Rates for Crime Victim Payouts

LITTLE ROCK -- The state paid more than $300,000 to victims of crime in February.
LITTLE ROCK -- The state paid more than $300,000 to victims of crime in February.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced Monday the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $314,872.36 last month in 160 cases, with additional expenses paid in 38 previously submitted cases.

The state’s Crime Victims Reparations Program provides assistance to victims of violent crime for costs like medical treatment, mental health counseling and other expenses associated with the crime. The Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board determines which claims are eligible for payment and how much money should be awarded to each claimant.

Victims may get as much as $10,000 to help offset expenses related to crimes and those with catastrophic injuries can be awarded $25,000.

Washington County awarded the most reparation in the state with $73,811 paid out to 35 new cases and one previous case.  In comparison, Benton County made awarded a little more than $2,900 to 2 cases.

In 2013, the board awarded a total of $3,910,389.92 to victims of crime in Arkansas.

The funding for the program comes from court costs and fees, as well as fines assessed to convicted criminals.

Get the full list of victim reparations.

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