Restitution programs give back to community

The Victoria Unit of the Adult Probation Department provides a number of services to the community. Among those are the Victim Restitution Program and the Community Service Restitution Program. These programs provide vital services to the community.

The Victim Restitution Program is a service provided in which the court orders a defendant to pay restitution to the victim for the loss they have suffered. The defendant pays this amount through the adult probation department as a condition of probation. During the month of October, $18,207.07 was collected as restitution by the department and dispensed to 66 victims.

The Community Service Restitution Program is a service in which defendants are ordered by the court to perform work for a nonprofit group, church, school or a part of government. This program provides an actual dollar savings to the community as the work performed is work that is needed. During the month of October, the program provided 2,946 hours of volunteer service worth $21,358.50 to the community.