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NCJ Number: 69135 Find in a Library
Title: RESTITUTION - A JUST COMPENSATION
Journal: CHILDREN'S LEGAL RIGHTS JOURNAL  Volume:1  Issue:3  Dated:(NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 1979)  Pages:4-7
Corporate Author: Children's Legal Rights Information and Training Program
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Children's Legal Rights Information and Training Program
Washington, DC 20009
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: TO ILLUSTRATE THE RESTITUTION CONCEPT, A HYPOTHETICAL SITUATION INVOLVING A JUVENILE OFFENDER IS EXAMINED.
Abstract: IN THIS HYPOTHETICAL CASE, A 16-YEAR-OLD YOUTH NAMED ROY IS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY BY LOCAL POLICE FOR ALLEGEDLY BREAKING WINDOWS AT AN ABANDONED BUILDING IN HIS COMMUNITY. THE YOUTH HAS NO PREVIOUS COURT RECORD; HIS CASE IS FORWARDED TO A YOUTH SERVICES INTAKE WORKER FOR INVESTIGATION AND RECOMMENDATION OF AN APPROPRIATE DISPOSITION. IN A JURISDICTION WITHOUT A RESTITUTION PROGRAM, DISPOSITIONAL ALTERNATIVES ARE LIMITED. THE YOUTH COULD BE PLACED ON PROBATION, OR IF COURT INTERVENTION IS FOUND TO BE NECESSARY AND ROY IS ADJUDICATED DELINQUENT, HE MAY BE PLACED IN A RESIDENTIAL FACILITY FOR REHABILITATION. HAD THE STATE IN WHICH THE CRIME OCCURRED ADOPTED THE RESTITUTION CONCEPT AND INSTITUTED A WORK PROGRAM, THE HANDLING OF ROY'S CASE WOULD BE DIFFERENT. THE INEQUITY WHICH RESULTS IN CRIMES INVOLVING PECUNIARY LOSS TO THE VICTIM OR COMMUNITY TO BENEFIT FROM THE ADOLESCENT'S SERVICES. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE PROGRAM MAKES THE JUVENILE OFFENDER FULLY RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS ACTIONS BY REQUIRING HIM TO WORK OFF HIS DEBT, MAKING HIM VERY MUCH AWARE OF THE AMOUNT OF TIME AND ENERGY HE HAD TO EXPEND TO EARN THE MONEY NECESSARY TO FULFILL HIS FINANCIAL OBLIGATION. LEGAL ISSUES WHICH SHOULD BE ADDRESSED BY ADMINISTRATORS OF RESTITUTION PROGRAMS ARE EXAMINED. THEY INCLUDE EQUAL PROTECTION ISSUES, DUE PROCESS ISSUES, INFORMAL CONSENT, LABOR-RELATED ISSUES, AND LIABILITY INSURANCE ISSUES.
Index Term(s): Restitution; Restitution programs; Youthful offenders
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