The Victim/Witness Notification Program provides registered victims, witnesses, and advocates information and notification on offenders and parolees throughout the parole process. Both the BOP and DOC provide information to those registered. Once registered for notifications, a person will receive sentencing, movement, and hearing notifications. (See below for all of the notifications provided.) For victims wanting to be active in the parole process and provide input for the Board's review, they need to be registered with the program.
The Board notifies registered victims of its actions and of the offender’s status, provides them with the opportunity for input into its decision before they are made, provides education about the parole process, enforces payment of restitution, and makes referrals to other victim services.
The Board of Parole as well as the Department of Corrections and the Attorney General’s Office provide the following information as per the Victim/Witness Notification Program:
Victims must complete a notification request form in order to receive offender information. As stated below, the form needs to be completed, notarized by the County Attorney’s Office where the crime occurred, and sent to DOC for input into the system.
A victim impact statement (VIS) is one of the most effective means to communicate the “voice of the victim” within the parole process. It is a victim’s description of how the crime affected their life and the lives of their loved ones. The VIS provides the Board vital information delivered orally, in writing, or recorded.
Registered victims can submit their input and statements at every stage of the parole process. A hearing notification is typically sent 30-45 days in advance of the inmate’s parole hearing, in which the registered victim is given the opportunity to provide input and have their voice heard. Registered victims have the following options for providing input:
The Board members realize that it is not easy for victims to speak about the crime and its impact, and they are appreciative of the victims’ participation. They try to make the victim appearance as easy as possible knowing it is a difficult situation. The Board is there to hear the victim’s voice and to have a greater understanding of the crime and of the victim’s concerns. The victims may ask questions in addition to providing their statement. Appearances generally are not longer than 30 minutes.
Victims may bring support persons, a victim advocate, and/or support materials with them. The latter is suggested to be sent prior to the hearing so the Board has the opportunity to review the materials.
Victim Services Coordinator:
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