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In 2013, the Minnesota Legislature directed the commissioner of the Department of Public Safety to convene a working group to study restitution in Minnesota. Over a ten month period, the Restitution Working Group (RWG) engaged in a careful examination of the restitution process, from beginning to end, identifying areas for improvement in both practice and our statutory scheme. In addition, the State Court Administrator’s Office conducted an extensive analysis of restitution data, providing much needed information about the nature of restitution ordered and the amount of restitution that gets paid by offenders in Minnesota. The findings of the RWG and the recommendations for improvement are outlined in the Restitution Working Group Report to the Legislature.
This year marked the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Reparations Board's 40th year of serving crime victims in Minnesota. During the 2014 fiscal year, (OJP) provided help to more than 1,200 victims and their family members. The Board increased the maximum funeral benefit from $6,500 to $7,500 and the maximum benefit paid to families caring for an injured victim increased from $2,000 to $5,000. The Reparations Board was also able to make huge strides in its restitution recovery effort. OJP collected more than $890,000 in 2014 compared to $634,000 in 2013. Full Crime Victims Reparations Report. Report highlights.
The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) is pleased to release results from the 2015 Grant Management Survey. This survey grantees provides OJP with information to improve grant management services and resources to funded agencies.