Restitution is money that a defendant owes to a victim. Under California state law, all victims of crime who experience a financial loss as a result of the crime have the right to receive restitution from the defendant. The victim could be the person or business who was directly harmed; that person’s immediate family member(s); or another person if the victim is a minor, deceased, or physically or psychologically incapacitated.
Once a defendant is referred to the Adult Probation Department for a presentence investigation, we reach out to the victim in order to assist them with obtaining a restitution order. The judge will then order the defendant to pay restitution to the victim. If the defendant is sentenced locally (e.x., probation or county jail), the Comprehensive Collections Unit (CCU) of the San Francisco Superior Court will collect restitution from the defendant. If the defendant is sentenced to state prison, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) will collect restitution payments from the defendant. The CCU or CDCR will then send payments to the victim. If the victim was not able to send us restitution information before the sentencing hearing, we can still help.
For more information about the restitution process, including what losses are covered, see our brochure (English, Spanish, Chinese, or Tagalog). To send us information for your restitution claim, send us a Restitution Request Form as soon as possible (English, Spanish, Chinese, or Tagalog). If you need assistance, contact the assigned probation officer or contact our front desk to find the assigned probation officer (415-553-1706).