Millions of dollars are owed to victims across the country and the judicial system will do nothing about it! The criminal courts in Nebraska will order a defendant to pay restitution, but will not enforce it.I was the victim of burglary, and vandalism last year. The perpetrator was arrested and sentenced. He was also ordered to pay restitution for the damage he did to my property, and property he stole from me. My frustration is that it seems I have no way to collect this restitution. Even though he had a $2500.00 bond, I was told that it could not be withheld to pay the restitution; it was instead given to his attorney to pay his legal fees.
While he was incarcerated I was told by a victims advocate that his inmate account could be seized, but since the judges order was not specific as to how he was to pay the restitution this was not an option. I asked the judge to rewrite his order to comply with NDOC’s needs but was told he no longer had jurisdiction, if the sentencing judge doesn’t have jurisdiction, who does?
He is now on parole, I spoke with the parole board administrator, she informed me when and if he started working, he would be required to pay a portion of his earning towards the restitution, but since he would only be on parole for 8 months that would barely put a dent in what is owed to me. I feel that he should not be released from parole until the full amount is paid. It is a sentencing order, I would think the sentence would not be complete until the restitution is paid. It appears after he is released from parole I will have no recourse to collect anything from this man.
Changes need to be made to allow victims to recoup losses they have incurred at the hands of criminals. Justices need to be aware that orders need to be specific as to restitution payment schedules and time limits. I have contacted many agencies (including state legislators, the county attorney and the governor,) regarding this matter and not one can, or is willing to help collect.