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“Restitution: A New Paradigm of Criminal Justice or a New Way to Widen the System of Social Control?”

Weitekamp, Elmar G. M
June 4, 2015

Source: (1989) Dissertation, University of Pennsylvania. Dissertation Abstracts International. Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms, 301p.

Current restitution programs seriously limit eligible offenders, usually admitting primarily property and first time offenders and excluding minority offenders. This study examined 605 adult offenders tried by a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge between 1974 and 1984 who received sentences of incarceration, probation with restitution, or probation. In 29% of the cases the judge imposed a restitution sentence. No differences between the incarceration group and the restitution group with regard to violent offenses, weapon used, or the victim’s injuries were found. The policy implications are discussed.


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