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NCJ Number: 249884 Find in a Library
Title: Victim's Guide to Restitution
Corporate Author: University of the Pacific
McGeorge School of Law
United States of America
Date Published: 2015
Page Count: 36
Sponsoring Agency: Office for Victims of Crime
Washington, DC 20531
University of the Pacific
Stockton, CA 95204
Grant Number: 2014-VA-GX-0063
Sale Source: Office for Victims of Crime
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Instructional Material (Programmed); Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Technical Assistance); Technical Assistance
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Crime victims in California are provided guidance on how the State’s victim restitution procedure operates.
Abstract: Section 1 discusses a victim’s right to restitution, which is a judgment from a court that requires a person convicted of a crime to reimburse the victim of that crime for certain crime-related expenses. Under California law, restitution shall be ordered from the convicted offender in every case in which a crime victim suffered a loss. This includes immediate surviving family members of a late victim. Items considered by the court when determining the direct restitution order are listed. Victims need to maintain records of their crime-related expenses for use by the court in deciding a restitution amount. Section 2 focuses on the direct restitution order, with attention to items in a valid restitution order, the victim’s role in determining the amount of a restitution order, and what victims should do when a sentence does not include a restitution order. Section 3 addresses the criminal justice system’s collection and enforcement of restitution orders under California law. Section 4 considers restitution collection and enforcement through the civil justice system. Section 5 poses and answers frequently asked questions about restitution for crime victims in California. Section 6 concludes with a listing of assistance resources for crime victims in California, with brief descriptions of each resource and contact information.
Main Term(s): Victim Restitution
Index Term(s): California; OVC grant-related documents; OVC Resources; Restitution; Restitution programs
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