Toepel Passes Restitution Legislation Advocating for Victims
7/22/2014
HARRISBURG – Rep. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) helped to create a package of five bills to strengthen the restitution component of Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system by improving the rate of collections through her work on the Restitution Task Force Work Group of the House Judiciary Committee.

“I was privileged to serve on the work group because it is important to me to actively initiate changes to the restitution component of the criminal justice system. Being part of the work group with four of my colleagues allowed me to take action,” said Toepel.

One of those bills, House Bill 2383, has been passed by the committee. The bill would allow voluntary automatic withdrawals from a banking account to pay restitution, costs and fines. It also authorizes involuntary wage attachment at sentencing for satisfaction of such obligations. Wage attachment is capped at 25 percent of the defendant’s gross earnings, and is subject to determination that the defendant is financially able to pay.

The bill prohibits employers from discriminating against employees as a result of an order for wage attachment. Lastly, the bill provides that an order for restitution shall have second priority (after an order of attachment for support) over any other attachment, execution, garnishment or wage assignment.

Toepel was adamant that a change had to be made. “I worked in the criminal court system previously, and it was heartbreaking when victims called about their restitution month after month, and we had nothing for them,” said Toepel. “This legislation, along with the entire package of bills, will give courts additional tools to assist in the collection of restitution so that victims of crime can be satisfied that every effort is being made to compensate their loss.”

Representative Marcy Toepel
147th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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