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“Our system today which effectively offers victims only punishment, and a punishment they must neither pay for nor be responsible for executing.

   --  Randy Barnett

The right of restitution specifies that one who violates the rights that define justice must compensate the victim of the rights violation for the harm caused by the injustice.

Full compensation requires far more than the subjective value of the violated right it also includes paying for the costs of enforcement.
Full compensation includes:
  • Compensation for the costs of detection
  • Apprehension
  • Prosecution
Restitution increases incentives for victims to report offenses and to cooperate with law-enforcement authorities.