What is restitution?

Restitution is compensation that a person who has committed a crime must pay to the victim. The payment covers injuries or losses sustained due to the criminal offense. It is intended to help the individual convicted of a crime “make up” for their wrongdoing. Restitution is ordered in court by a judge at the time of sentencing.

It usually comprises but is not limited to counseling costs, reimbursement for medical bills, damages for loss of earnings and the replacement of damaged or stolen property. Payment for future losses, mental anguish or pain and suffering are not included.

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