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NCJ Number: 70288 Find in a Library
Title: Restitution as a Victim Service
Journal: Evaluation and Change  Dated:Special Issue (1980)  Pages:116-119
Author(s): B Galaway; J Hudson
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 4
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Restitution to victims is usually a part of offender-oriented rehabilitation programs, but it should also be utilized to involve victims in criminal justice proceedings and decisionmaking.
Abstract: Since the creation of the Minnesota Restitution Center in 1972, many victim restitution projects have been set up around the country. These projects are usually a part of offender-oriented rehabilitation programs, or serve to decrease or increase the penalties. However, the experience of these programs shows that restitution can also be utilized to address victim concerns within the system and involve victims in criminal justice proceedings and decisionmaking. The Minnesota Restitution Center used a procedure by which victims went to the prisons and negotiated restitution obligations with the offender in the presence of a staff person. Since responsibility for such programs typically would fall upon probation officers who already have heavy demands on their time, a careful and critical analysis of the nature of probation work is needed. Models of probation should be developed which would integrate offender and victim interests. References are included.
Index Term(s): Minnesota; Restitution programs
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