Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
administers the Georgia Crime Victims Compensation Program, which helps victims and their
families through the emotional and physical aftermath of a crime by easing the monetary
impact placed upon them by providing financial benefits for expenses such as medical bills,
loss of earnings, funeral expenses, mental health counseling, and crime scene clean-up.
Download an application to the
Georgia Crime Victims Compensation Program. You can also call the Crime Victims
Compensation Program at 404-657-2222, 1-800-547-0060 or 404-463-7650 (TTY).
Restitution is defined as money a judge orders the offender to pay the victim as
compensation for out-of-pocket expenses related to a crime. Restitution is part of
the offender's sentence and can be ordered in juvenile cases following a conviction
or a guilty plea. The amount of restitution ordered by the judge is contingent upon
the victim's expenses related to the crime and the offender's ability to pay.
Restitution is paid to the Clerk of the Juvenile Court in the county of the crime.
The Department of Juvenile Justice staff monitors the offender to ensure that the
payments have been made as ordered by the Court. Restitution is distributed to the
victim the Clerk of the Juvenile Court.