If a person commits a crime where property is damaged should they be made to

@pilbara (1436)
Australia
February 7, 2007 7:53pm CST
pay that amount to the victim/s For example if a person sprays graffitti and it has to be cleaned off should they be made to either pay for it or do it themself? If someone steals something should they be made to return it or its value? It just seems to me that the victim of crimes often doesn't get any kind of restitution.
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@soulist (2987)
• United States
16 Mar 07
If someone commits a crime that damages property, yes they should have to pay for the repairs no matter what it is. Victims need to get something for their loss.
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@aiguy01 (589)
• United States
8 Feb 07
Many times judges do order that the perpetrtor must pay restitution if they have the financial mean to do so. But most criminals don't have that many assets that can be attached or sold. For instance OJ was required to sell most of his assets to pay Nicoles parents as for their loss and to support his children. Where the court falls down though is on the forced collection of these payments.
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@MrNiceGuy (4148)
• United States
8 Feb 07
Of course they should, and they often do. They usually get compensation for the damage the vandal does. It's only fair that way.