In Ogle County, victims first

In Ogle County, victims first

By Shellie Berg

By Shellie Berg

Staff Reporter

Ogle County will make sure the circuit clerk’s office, when receiving restitution payments, pays victims first.

The office of State’s Attorney Doug Floski proposed the plan to Judge Stephen Pemberton 18 months ago, and it took effect Jan. 25.

Floski stated that victims often receive their money after court costs and fines are paid and often must wait months or years to receive restitution.

“Under the new policy, the county and the state will get the same amount of money, they just might have to wait a few months longer,” Floski said in a press release. “But for victims, that wait can mean medical bills will go unpaid, prescriptions cannot be purchased, or stolen or damaged property cannot be repaired or replaced.

“I think that’s unethical. We have made an obligation to make victims financially whole. This policy will do just that. It will also send a strong message that victims are a priority for the criminal justice system.”

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