Court-ordered restitution must be pursued vigorously

September 1, 2013 

I read in the Aug. 27 Bradenton Herald that more volunteers for the Guardian Ad Litem program are needed.

I agree but I feel people are needed for our 12th Circuit Court to keep track of defendants who have been court-ordered to pay restitution to our courts and the victims. Even if the amount is as little as $10 a month, restitution needs to be paid.

When you have a defendant collecting state and federal money and benefits along with working under the table, the courts need to be notified and some of the money should be used to pay restitution specified in the court order.

I am making a request to state Prosecutor Ed Brodsky and to state Sen. Bill Galvano: An office within the state attorney's agency should be better equipped to keep track of the funds, collected by defendants, who have to pay restitution? This includes money collected from federal, state or county agencies. The hardest would be those "working under the table."

This issue needs to be addressed and dealt with. It should not be kept "under the table" like so many court-order defendants' employers have done and continue to do.

One more question. These folks who I have seen at Turning Point collecting state and federal money to care for their children, how in the world do they pay for tattoos ranging from $125 to $1,000. Where do they get the money to pay for these tattoos?

Elizabeth M. Sullivan

East Manatee

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