|What is Restitution?|
Juvenile crime is
a serious community problem that affects everyone. Restitution is
the process whereby juvenile offenders are put to work to repay
their victims for loss, damage, or personal injury. PayBack's goals
|How Does PayBack Work?|
13-17, who come before the St. Louis Area Family Courts for crimes
such as vandalism, shoplifting, burglary, or assault are screened,
counseled, and placed for the court-recommended community service.
For this mandantory work, juveniles earn minimum wage credit through
PayBack, to be used exclusively for repayment of their victims'
|Where Does the Money Come From?|
contributions from community donors sponsor the Juvenile
Rehabilitation/Victim Restitution Fund. The juveniles "earn" money
to reimburse their crime victims by working at PayBack assigned and
supervised work sites throughout the community. PayBack's nonprofit
Board of Directors assists in financial and program development. In
coordination with PayBack, court staff monitor the community
|Why is PayBack Effective?|
Since the program's inception, juveniles have returned more than
$200,000 to their crime victims. The program has enjoyed a
consistently high rate of success with 91% of the participants
completing their community service or restitution obligation.
In addition, juveniles have also learned a very basic lesson by
becoming accountable for their own misbehavior.
|Who Provides Jobs?|
nonprofit and/or public agencies including animal shelters, nursing
homes, parks, fire departments, and churches willing to provide
supervised work sites. Children are evaluated on their performance
and attitude while on the job at one of over 200 worksites in the
|Who Benefits From the PayBack Program?|
The Community-Particularly, areas where the quality of life and property values have suffered from juvenile crime.
The Victims-PayBack provides compensation to crime victims from juvenile offenders who would otherwise be unable to earn restitution.
Nonprofit and Public Agencies-Participating organizations gain manpower to assist them in serving the community.
The Donors-Those who support PayBack can help youth, their families, and our community break the cycle of juvenile delinquency.
|Representative PayBack Inc. Work Sites|
The following are representative work sites - space doesn't allow all sites to be listed.
Hazelwood School District
St. Louis County Animal Control
St. Louis Area Food Bank
Miracle Temple Church of God in Christ
Kirkwood Parks and Recreation
Village of Hanley Hills
Help Hospitalized Veterans/Thrift Plus
St. Louis County Parks Department
Pallotine Renewal Center
Marianist Retreat Center
St. Louis Adventist Community Services
MO Council of the Blind
Room At the Inn
Rocky Road Thrift Store
White House Retreat