Chapter 20 - Restitution to Victims of Crime

Chapter 20 - Restitution to Victims of Crime

46.2001 Findings-Purpose.

(a) The Legislature finds and declares that:

(1) the number of victims of crime increases daily;

(2) these victims suffer undue hardship by virtue of physical injury or loss of property;

(3) persons found guilty of causing this suffering should be under a moral and legal obligation to make adequate restitution to those injured by their conduct;

(4) restitution or reparation, or both, provided by criminal offenders to their victims, in money or service, may be an instrument of rehabilitation for offenders.

(b) The purpose of this chapter is to encourage the establishment of programs to provide for restitution to victims of crime by offenders who are sentenced, or who have been released on parole, or who are being held in the correctional and detention facility. It is the intent of the Legislature that restitution be utilized wherever feasible to restore losses to the victims of crime and to aid the offender in reintegration as a productive member of society.

46.2002 Establishment of restitution programs.

The Department of Public Safety may, as a means of assisting in the rehabilitation of persons committed to its care, establish programs and procedures whereby those persons may contribute toward restitution, in money or service, of those persons injured as a consequence of their criminal acts.

46.2003 Prohibition on victims paying court of filing fees.

In connection with the prosecution of any misdemeanor or felony domestic violence or sexual assault offense, the victim or abused shall not bear the costs associated with filing criminal charges and prosecution of a domestic violence or sexual assault defendant, including filing fees for criminal charges, costs associated with the issuance or service of a warrant protection order, or witness subpoena.