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Restitution
Sponsor Statement for HB 357
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Sponsored By:
Rep. Nancy Dahlstrom
Rep. Lesil McGuire
Rep. Ralph Samuels
Rep. Bill Stoltze
Released:
January 20, 2004
Sara Nielsen
465-4230 (Jan-May)
269-0240 (Jun-Dec)

   

"An Act relating to restitution; and providing for an effective date."

"The ABC Board helps protect the health and safety of Alaskans by regulating the manufacture, barter, possession, and sale of alcoholic beverages in the State..."
- Rep. Samuels

 

House Bill 357, if passed, would require judges to order restitution from criminals in all cases where a victim has suffered a financial loss.

When financial losses of victims are ignored, or given less priority than the rights of criminals, we cause them to be victimized again. HB 357 would require judges to order restitution in every case where a victim has suffered a financial loss. Under present law, a judge may, but is not required, to do so. This change will also ensure that offenders are ordered to make realistic restitution payments to help make the victim whole within a reasonable time. The act of ordering restitution serves as an acknowledgment by the criminal justice system that the victim sustained harm. Prompt and full payment of restitution can help rectify that harm.

HB 357 also clarifies that a minor who has been ordered to pay restitution be required to do so beyond his or her 19th birthday. For example, if a 16 year old has been ordered to pay restitution, the order survives past the legal age and the defendant shall be responsible for the fine until is paid in full.

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