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Title 17, Chapter 14, Section 2 (17-14-2)

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 unruly.

(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 compensation.

(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.

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