is a juvenile, restorative justice restitution program housed within the
Victim Services Division of the State Attorney's Office. In the 8th
Judicial Circuit of Florida, all juvenile defendants who owe restitution
are also court-ordered to successfully complete Project Payback as a
condition of their probation.
The purpose of Project Payback is to monitor and enforce restitution. Project
Payback has worked to accomplish its mission by developing juvenile
employability skills by giving juveniles who are unable to become employed the option of
completing community restitution service hours, and by improving the
enforcement procedures used by the various juvenile justice agencies.
For juveniles who are employable, Project Payback requires them to be
employed or searching for employment, and attend
three two-hour sessions of job skills training. For
juveniles who are unable to become employed, Project Payback requires them to
complete “community restitution service” hours. For every verified hour
that the juvenile successfully completes at an approved site, Project Payback will forward $10.00/hour to the victim.
In the event that the juvenile does not comply with the program requirements, Project
Payback will set the juvenile for a Compliance Hearing and bring the case
to the court's attention.