What Is Criminal Restitution?

Author:Cortney E. Lollar
Position:Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky College of Law

A new form of restitution has become a core aspect of criminal punishment. Courts now order defendants to compensate victims for an increasingly broad category of losses, including emotional and psychological losses and losses for which the defendant was not found guilty. Criminal restitution therefore moves far beyond its traditional purpose of disgorging a defendant's ill-gotten gains. Instead, ... (see full summary)

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