(a) The Legislature finds and declares that:
(1) the number of victims of crime increases daily;
(2) these victims suffer undue hardship by virtue of physical injury or loss of property;
(3) persons found guilty of causing this suffering should be under a moral and legal obligation to make adequate restitution to those injured by their conduct;
(4) restitution or reparation, or both, provided by criminal offenders to their victims, in money or service, may be an instrument of rehabilitation for offenders.
(b) The purpose of this chapter is to encourage the establishment of programs to provide for restitution to victims of crime by offenders who are sentenced, or who have been released on parole, or who are being held in the correctional and detention facility. It is the intent of the Legislature that restitution be utilized wherever feasible to restore losses to the victims of crime and to aid the offender in reintegration as a productive member of society.History: 1978, PL 15-77 § 1.