Probation programs contribute to community
Feb. 16, 2013 at 2 p.m.
Updated Feb. 15, 2013 at 8:16 p.m.
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 when 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 January, $16,542.93 was collected as restitution by the department and dispensed to 56 victims.
The Community Service Restitution Program is a service where 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 January, the program provided 3,534 and a half hours of volunteer service worth $25,625.12 to the community.