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Shasta County Ranked No. 1 for Ensuring Restitution

Shasta County District Attorney, Steve Carlton

In July 2011, Shasta County was ranked No. 1 in the state for ensuring restitution was ordered to the Victim Compensation Program.

Shasta County is one of 24 counties contracted with the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board to ensure Restitution is ordered and modifications are made to previously imposed restitution orders to reimburse the California Victim Compensation Program. This is a collaborative effort among the Restitution Advocate, Deputy District Attorneys, and Probation Officers.

Restitution is monetary compensation owed to a victim of crime by the offender. Restitution shall be ordered from the convicted wrongdoer in every case, regardless of the sentence or disposition imposed, in which a crime victim suffers a loss. There are two types of restitution: one is a restitution order, which is an offender’s debt to the victim, and the other is a restitution fine, which is an offender’s debt to society.

A restitution order to a victim may also include an order to the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board. Under California law (Govt C §1395013966), qualified victims of crime may receive financial assistance from the California Victim Compensation Program (CalVCP) for losses resulting from a crime that cannot be reimbursed by other sources.

It is imperative that in every criminal case, restitution orders and fines are imposed. This will ensure continued funding for victims of crime through the California Victim Compensation Program. For more information about the Victim Compensation Program and/or about restitution, please contact the Shasta County District Attorney’s Crime Victim Assistance Center at (503) 225-5220.

-from press release
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