SJ Quinney College of Law, University of Utah

Utah OnLaw: The Utah Law Review Online Supplement


Amy J. Lavin


Utah’s restitution laws are not effective. Too many victims are not fully compensated for their losses following a crime. Many states allow courts to require defendants to pay cash bail and to apply cash bail toward restitution. Utah should adopt a similar law to improve the collection of court-ordered restitution.

This Note analyzes Utah’s current restitution process and identifies its weaknesses. Then it proposes a cash bail plan to improve the collection of restitution. Finally, it examines potential problems to having a cash bail system and how Utah can avoid those problems to create a successful restitution collection system.