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HB 2878: Relating to creating a penalty assessment for crimes involving the abuse of children used to support child advocacy

HB 2878 allows courts to impose a penalty of assessment not to exceed $1000 on any adult offender convicted of a crime involving the physical or sexual abuse of children. Revenue from this assessment would be required to be used solely for the purposes of establishing and funding children’s advocacy centers. The bill also stipulates that when imposing these penalties judges are encouraged to solicit input from the victim or representatives of the victim in assessing the ability of the convicted offender to pay the penalty, including current financial obligations, family circumstances, and ongoing restitution.