Restitution Recovery Program

The State Restitution Fund is an important component of the California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB), ensuring there is funding to assist victims of crime. The Fund receives the majority of its revenue from restitution fines, diversion fees, orders and penalties paid by criminal offenders. In addition to the Restitution Fund, CalVCB also receives federal grant monies from the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds. The VOCA funds come from penalties paid by offenders convicted of federal crimes.

To ensure the integrity of the Restitution Fund, CalVCB works with prosecutors, probation officers, courts and other state departments to facilitate the imposition of restitution fines and orders against criminal offenders. To promote collection of restitution owed, CalVCB partners with county offices, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the Franchise Tax Board (FTB).

Typically, offenders make restitution payments directly to their county collections office, probation office, the CDCR or the FTB. An offender should contact their probation or parole officer to determine the best method to make payments so it will be properly recorded.

Click here to view the Victim's Restitution Guide Brochure.