Victims frequently sustain financial losses as a result of the crimes committed against them. Repayment of those financial losses, or restitution, by the person who was convicted of the crime can be a crucial resource for victims. However, even when courts order people to pay restitution, there is no guarantee that the amount ordered will be collected.
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime has awarded The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center and the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) funding to create a new resource center designed to help states improve their ability to effectively order, collect, disburse, and fulfill restitution sentences.
The Restitution Resource Center will help states improve the quality of their restitution systems by providing a central source for best practices and successful innovations in the field as well as facilitating peer networks and information exchange. Technical assistance will be available to select states as they seek to advance data collection and sharing, improve coordination between various agencies, and develop policies that enhance the management of restitution practices.
For information about receiving technical assistance through the Restitution Resource Center, please contact Olivia Koukoui at [email protected].