Victims must complete a notification request form which can be obtained here or at the county prosecutor’s office where the crime was committed. Complete Section I of the form and send to the prosecutor’s office or WDOC.
What type of information is available to me as a victim?
The Board of Parole sends out notification to registered victims regarding hearing dates for parole, review and revocation hearings, grants and conditions, modifications, absconsion and apprehension, as well as release from parole (discharge).
Why do I have to register to become a certified victim?
It is important for a victim to register and become certified not only to ensure that you are the victim in the case, but to also add the victim into the database to receive notifications and the ability to provide input to the Board.
Can I contact the BOP if I have questions and am not certified?
Limited information is available from the Board office unless the person is certified. The Board office will try to best answer any question you have as long as it is within the statutory limits. If we cannot answer your question, we can direct you to someone who can better assist you.
Can a certified victim learn of the offender’s programming while in the institution?
If a certified victim requests this information, the Board staff will send a Consent to Release Confidential Information form to the offender. It is then up to the offender if he/she will allow the information to be shared.
Why is the offender up for a parole hearing when he/she hasn’t served the whole sentence?
When sentenced, an offender receives a sentence with a minimum and maximum sentence (i.e., 6 to 8 years). Typically, an offender will serve 2/3 of the minimum sentence and 3/4 of the maximum sentence assuming they earn all of their good time. For example, a 6 to 10 year sentence would then become a 4 to 6 year sentence.
An offender that is within a year of the eligibility date will be heard for a parole hearing. If the offender is not yet eligible, the offender is heard for a review hearing.
How do victims let the Parole Board members know their views?
Victims can submit input at every stage of the parole process. Notifications of hearings are generally mailed 30-45 days prior to the inmate’s hearing. Victims can provide input to the Board by the following ways:
No. Victims are heard at a separate location from the offender for security and confidentiality purposes. The offender will not know of victim participation unless the victim shares that information. Victims can bring support persons, or a victim advocate can be requested.
Can victims request a “no contact” order as part of the conditions of parole?
Yes. Victims can request the parole conditions include no contact with the victim. If ordered by the Board, any violations will be grounds for revocation of the parole. However, if the victim feels a no contact order should be in place, it is highly suggested that the victim also get a protection order.
How far in advance will I be notified of the offender’s release?
You will be notified within 10 days after a parole grant has been issued. Assuming the offender’s parole eligibility has been reached, release to parole generally occurs at least 30 days after the grant but can take up to 90 days if the offender is being released to another state. Parole grants contingent upon completion of a particular program (such as DOC residential addiction treatment or Adult Community Corrections programs) may delay release up to 1 year. Exact release dates will be provided by DOC notifications prior to the release.