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Apology Letter Bank Program


What is the Offender Apology Letter Bank?

Victims often wonder whether or not their offender has taken responsibility and/or is sorry for his/her criminal actions. Likewise, inmates sometimes seek to put into words acceptance of fault, responsibility, and/or pain caused by their actions. The Apology Letter Bank is a form of restorative justice that allows offenders who are incarcerated to write letters of apology to their victim for their crimes. Letters accepted into the Letter Bank remain there until victims choose to receive them. The Letter Bank is a safe system for the victim to receive the letter of apology from the offender when and if desired.

This helpful tool is often the missing piece for some victims. For some victims an apology is all they need from their offender. Other victims may need an apology letter and much more, while some victims have no interested in anything from the offender. Each victims needs are different and must be given the right to choose if they want the apology letter or not.

Many offenders are sincerely sorry and want their victims to know that they are taking steps to change their criminal behavior. For the offender who writes a letter of apology, it is often his/her attempt to communicate accountability, genuine remorse, and acknowledgement for the pain caused by their actions. The letter does not offer excuses or request for forgiveness. Involvement in this process is completely voluntary and does not affect the inmate’s release dates or other conditions of incarceration.

Process

  • Offenders write and submit apology letters to the Victim Services Coordinator (VSC) at the WY Board of Parole.
  • The VSC will review and check the letter for appropriateness. Any inappropriate letter will be returned for revision.
  • Once accepted into the Bank, the VSC will attempt to contact the victim to inform of the letter. The victim decides: 
    • If and when the apology letter will be accepted
    • Whether or not the offender is informed that the victim requested, received, and/or has read the apology letter.
  • Letters will remain in the Bank until collected by the victim.
Victims who would like to know if their offender wrote an apology letter may contact the WY BOP Victim Services Coordinator at 307-777-5390.

Victim Services Coordinator: 
Randi Losalu:

Phone: (307)-777-5390