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NCJ Number: 49171 Find in a Library
Title: VICTIM RESTITUTION - NEW COLORADO LEGISLATION (FROM AMERICAN CORRECTIONAL ASSOCIATION - PROCEEDING OF THE 106TH ANNUAL CONGRESS OF CORRECTIONS, 1976 - SEE NCJ-49145)
Author(s): R W KLAUZER; P G QUIAN
Corporate Author: American Correctional Assoc
United States of America
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: American Correctional Assoc
Alexandria, VA 22314
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE DEVELOPMENT AND PASSAGE OF VICTIM RESTITUTION LEGISLATION IN COLORADO AND PLANS TO IMPLEMENT THE LAWS THROUGH AN LEAA-FUNDED VICTIM RESTITUTION PROGRAM ARE DISCUSSED.
Abstract: A SERIES OF MEETINGS, SYMPOSIA, AND COMMISSION STUDIES CULMINATED IN RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE COLORADO LEGISLATURE FOR DEVELOPMENT OF A STATEWIDE PROCESS OF RESTITUTION. IN 1976, LEGISLATION WAS PASSED ENABLING THE PAROLE BOARD TO IMPOSE RESTITUTION AS AN OBLIGATION OF PAROLE, ALLOWING COUNTIES TO CREATE AND ADMINISTER RESTITUTION PROGRAMS FOR OFFENDERS NOT COMMITTED TO STATE INSTITUTIONS, MANDATING A RESTITUTION CONTRACT FOR ANY PERSON RETAINED IN THE COMMUNITY ON A STATE-REIMBURSEMENT STATUS, AND CALLING FOR CREATION OF RESTITUTION PROGRAMS FOR OFFENDERS COMMITTED TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF INSTITUTIONS. THE COLORADO CRIME VICTIMS RESTITUTION PROGRAM WAS DEVELOPED TO IMPLEMENT THE LEGISLATION. THE PROGRAM HAD THREE OBJECTIVES: TO PROVIDE AN EFFECTIVE, COST-EFFICIENT RESTITUTION PROCESS; TO FACILITATE REHABILITATION; AND TO DETERMINE WHAT ASPECTS OF THE PROGRAM ARE REPLICABLE IN OTHER JURISDICTIONS. THERE WERE PLANS TO INCLUDE BOTH RURAL AND URBAN EXPERIMENTS IN RESTITUTION AND TO TEST BOTH MONETARY REIMBURSEMENT AND SERVICE PROVISION (DIRECTLY TO THE VICTIM, OR TO A WORTHY SOCIAL AGENCY) AS MECHANISMS OF RESTITUTION. INMATES AT THE COLORADO STATE PENITENTIARY WERE TO PARTICIPATE IN EXPERIMENTS WITH VARIOUS RESTITUTION CONTRACTING METHODS. APPROACHES TO HELPING EX-OFFENDERS FIND EMPLOYMENT IN ORDER TO MEET RESTITUTION OBLIGATIONS WERE ALSO TO BE TESTED. THE PROGRAM WAS TO BE IMPLEMENTED IN NOVEMBER 1976, WITH A FINAL EVALUATION REPORT SLATED FOR OCTOBER 1978. (LKM)
Index Term(s): Colorado; Restitution; State laws; Victim compensation
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