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This research is a study on restitution as an alternative to incarceration for property offenders. Data were collected through mailing questionnaires to 2,177 randomly selected members of the public and 253 criminal justice officials in Hennepin County, Minnesota. The results show the publicís strong support for restitution as an alternative penalty to incarceration for property offenders. Considerable ignorance or misunderstanding by criminal justice officials of the publicís support for restitution as an alternative sentencing has been found. Finally, crime victims seem to be less punitive than nonvictims.