|Posted:||January 11, 2017 10:05 AM|
|From:||Representative Dom Costa|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Collection of Restitution|
In the near future, I will be re-introducing legislation – former House Bill 1070 of the 2015-2016 Legislative Session – that would increase collections of court-ordered restitution for crime victims by ensuring that the orders are being enforced at the county level. Specifically, my legislation will increase accountability for existing requirements by enhancing collection and record-keeping requirements.
In 2011, the Office of Victim Advocate convened the Restitution in Pennsylvania Task Force to study and develop recommendations for improving the restitution process in Pennsylvania, on both the state and local levels. The task force identified gaps in law and procedure that negatively affected crime victims’ likelihood of receiving the restitution due to them, and in February 2013, issued its final report, which included 47 recommendations for reforms. My bill is in response to recommendations 7 and 18 in the report.
This legislation was originally introduced as one bill in a bi-partisan package of bills that was introduced to implement the suggested reforms and improve restitution in Pennsylvania. It passed the House with near unanimous support last year, and I hope you will join me in supporting this legislation again. Thank you for your interest and support in the fight to bring justice to crime victims in Pennsylvania.
Introduced as HB234