Office of Victim Assistance - Request for Victim Notification
As the victim of a crime, you have the following rights regarding the Parole Process: (A) to be notified when an inmate is scheduled to see the Parole Board; (B) to send a written impact statement to the Parole Board; (C) to submit an audio-taped or video-taped victim impact statement to the Parole Board; (D) for certain violent crimes, to meet with a member of the Parole Board to give your statement in person; (E) to be notified of the Parole Board's decision; and, (F) to be notified of the inmate's scheduled release date and the name of the assigned parole officer.
The Board of Parole recognizes that crime victims are an important part of the criminal justice process and have information that can assist the Board when it considers inmates for release from prison. All crime victims can submit a written or taped victim impact statement to the Parole Board any time before the inmate is scheduled to meet the Board. It is best that the statement be received at least one month before the inmate sees the Parole Board.
Personal victim impact meetings with a member of the Parole Board are normally scheduled one or two months before the inmate sees the Parole Board. If you wish to have a personal meeting, please send this form to the Victim Impact Unit as soon as possible.
If you need additional information or your address changes, please contact the Office of Victim Assistance at:
NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
Office of Victim Assistance
1220 Washington Ave, Building 2
Albany, New York 12226-2050
518-445-6161 & 1-800-783-6059
SUGGESTED TOPICS FOR VICTIM IMPACT STATEMENTS
- Any information that might not be in the case file
- What has been lost (i.e., trust, jobs, money)
- Fear of or harassment by the offender or others
- Effect of the crime on children, other family members, friends, etc.
- Any other information you would like the Parole Board to know
- How your life has changed as a result of the crime
- The emotional and/or physical impact of the crime (i.e., injuries, long term medical care, counseling, substance abuse issues, etc.)
- Frustrations due to continuous involvement in the criminal justice process, sentencing, plea bargaining, etc