Imposition and Outcomes of Restitution Orders

Karla Haber Brooks, The Pennsylvania State University

Restitution is a convicted offender's court-ordered obligation to compensate victims for their losses. This study uses data coded from probation records of offenders sentenced in 1996 in Allegheny County (Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania to examine questions about the imposition and payment of restitution. Analyses are based on both legally relevant factors (type of crime, prior record, mode of conviction) and individual/demographic factors (e.g., race, sex, age). In particular, the analyses focus on how factors about the victim (e.g., whether the victim is an individual or a business, the victim/offender relationship) affect whether restitution is imposed, how much restitution is ordered, and how much restitution is paid.

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