Jefferson County crime victims received $33,757.18 in reparations from the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board in January, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

Jefferson County crime victims received $33,757.18 in reparations from the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board in January, according to the Attorney General’s Office.


In a news release, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said the board made awards in eight new cases and additional funds were provided in one other case.


Statewide, the Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $260,238.42 to victims of crime in January. The awards were made in 117 new cases and 36 previously submitted cases.


Other Southeast Arkansas counties receiving money from the Reparations Board, the number of cases and the amount of the awards are as follows:


• Arkansas County, one new case, one supplemental case, $1,005.44


• Chicot County, one new case, $436.69


• Desha County, three new cases, $4,750.56


• Drew County, two supplemental cases, $8,945.80


• Grant County, one new case, $0.00


• Lincoln County, two new cases, $1,502.17


The board awards compensation to victims of violent crime in the state, with the funds being made available for unexpected expenses such as medical treatment, mental health counseling or funerals. Awards of up to $10,000 are available, but some victims who receive catastrophic injuries may be eligible to receive up to $25,000.


The program is funded by court costs and fees assessed to convicted criminals.