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Felony Restitution Program

Due to increasing case referrals and limited resources, the Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney implemented the felon restitution program in 2003. The program is designed to relieve the criminal justice system of the need to process low level property crimes while attaining restitution for the victims of these crimes.

The program is operated by contract between the Prosecuting Attorney and private enterprise at no cost to the taxpayers. The defendants pay all costs. The defendant enters into an agreement with the Prosecuting Attorney to comply with the demands of the private contractor and to pay all restitution to the victim. The trial of the case is continued to allow for compliance. If the defendant complies, his or her case is dismissed. If the defendant does not comply, the case is directed back to court.

In 2004, defendants in the program completed nearly 10,000 hours of community service and paid almost $39,000 in restitution to victims. In the first six months of 2005, defendants in the program completed 2,655 hours of community service valued at $19,514. Since the beginning of the program in 2003, defendants in the program have paid over $80,000 in restitution to property crime victims.

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Updated November 19, 2010