Title 17, Chapter 14, Section 2
As used in this article, the term:
(1) "Board" means the State Board of Pardons and Paroles.
(2) "Damages" means all damages which a victim could recover
against an offender in a civil action, including a wrongful death
action, based on the same act or acts for which the offender is
sentenced, except punitive damages and damages for pain and
suffering, mental anguish, or loss of consortium.
(3) "Department" means the Department of Corrections.
(4) "Offender" means any natural person who has been placed on
probation under Article 3 of Chapter 8 of Title 42 or sentenced
for any crime or any juvenile who has been adjudged delinquent or
(5) "Ordering authority" means the court of competent
jurisdiction, the State Board of Pardons and Paroles, the
Department of Corrections, or any combination thereof, as is
required by the context.
(6) "Relief" means any suspended or probated sentence, including
probation imposed under Article 3 of Chapter 8 of Title 42; any
parole or other conditional release from incarceration; the
awarding of earned time allowances; reduction in security status;
or placement in prison rehabilitation programs, including, but not
limited to, those in which the offender receives monetary
(7) "Restitution" means any property, lump sum, or periodic
payment ordered to be made by any offender to any victim by any
ordering authority. Where the victim is a public corporation or
governmental entity or where the offender is a juvenile,
restitution may also be in the form of services ordered to be
performed by the offender.
(8) "Restitution order" means any order, decree, or judgment of an
ordering authority which requires an offender to make restitution
as a condition or term of any relief granted to an offender.
(9) "Victim" means any natural person or his personal
representative or any firm, partnership, association, public or
private corporation, or governmental entity suffering damages
caused by an offender's unlawful act.