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The role of victim-related factors in victim restitution: A multi-method analysis of restitution in Pennsylvania

Author(s)Ruback, R Barry, Shaffer, Jennifer
Title The role of victim-related factors in victim restitution: A multi-method analysis of restitution in Pennsylvania
Source Law and Human Behavior, Vol. 29, No. 6, December 2005.
Date 2005
Document type Journal article
Coverage Pennsylvania, USA
Summary In 1995 mandatory restitution was introduced in Pennsylvania which had the effect of dramatically increasing the proportion of cases in which restitution was imposed. The authors examine the three possible reasons for this: (a) judges agreed with the victim-centred goals of the statute, (b) there were mechanisms in place to implement the goals of assisting victims, and (c) there was a context supportive of victims that made it easier to follow the law. Two studies investigated these possible explanations. Methodology included a state-wide survey of trial court judges and hierarchical logistic models of state-wide restitution-eligible decisions.
Keywords Compensation; restitution; witness assistance.
Topic Restitution