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Restitution to crime victims is an important criminal law
objective. The act of ordering restitution serves as an
acknowledgment by the criminal justice system that the
victim sustained harm. Payment of restitution can help rectify that
harm. Legislatures nationwide are reexamining their statutes
regarding this issue and continuing to refine and expand this area
of the law. Not only are legislatures acting to encourage more
restitution orders, the increasing attention paid to quantifying a
victims losses and investigating a defendants assets before entering restitution orders will help improve the quality and workability of such orders. Victim service providers should continue to
follow developments regarding this issue and be prepared to assist
crime victims who seek restitution.
|Ordering Restitution to the Crime Victim, Legal Series Bulletin #6
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