March 23, 2023 — Testimony

The National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) supports AB 1186, the REPAIR (Realizing Equity while Promoting Accountability and Impactful Relief) Act. The bill would provide crime survivors with more equitable, timely, and stable compensation, while ensuring young people and their families are not locked into unaffordable debt and poverty. It would do so by establishing a public compensation fund through which crime survivors can address immediate needs for compensation, and by ensuring that accountability and rehabilitation is addressed in youth-appropriate ways—such as participating in restorative justice practices, community service, or personal development programs.

In summary, NCLC supports the REPAIR Act because it seeks to make survivors whole without driving already struggling families into cycles of poverty and exacerbating racial inequity.