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Restitution Bill Advances, Embodying Victims’ Rights Week

Apr 20, 2021 by AFP

NAHSVILLE, TN – Americans for Prosperity-Tennessee (AFP-TN) today thanked the Senate Judiciary Committee for passing SB 893, a bill that would ensure victims are paid first before the state collects other fines and fees.

AFP-TN State Director Tori Venable issued the following statement:

“Restoring victims is a key component of criminal justice reform. The status quo of court-ordered restitution being paid to victims last, if at all, needs to change. Victims should get made whole first before the state collects all other court costs, fines, and fees.

“We thank sponsors Senator John Stevens and Representative Clay Doggett, the District Attorney’s Conference, and the Administrative Office of the Courts for partnering with us to right this wrong. Given this is Victims’ Rights Week, we find it fitting that SB 893 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee today and we encourage continued bipartisan support for passage in both chambers.”