DOCCS is pleased to announce that the new provisions in Criminal Procedure Law section 380.50(5), now provide registered crime victims the opportunity to choose the method by which they will be notified of an incarcerated individual's release from a NYS correctional facility. Registered parties may now choose to receive release notifications by regular mail, electronically (phone call, text, and/or email) through the third-party VINE service, or continue with the certified mail option.
All registrants are encouraged to submit a Victim Notification Form (English), Victim Notification Form (Spanish), or an Electronic Victim Notification Form as soon as possible to ensure OVA has accurate contact information on file. These forms have also been revised to accommodate the preferred method of release notification.
The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) makes a special effort to ensure that victims of crimes are not forgotten. The Department works to ensure crime victims are aware of their rights with regard to the parole process.
To that end, the Department has established the Office of Victim Assistance (OVA), which is responsible for ensuring victims are aware of their rights regarding the parole process, and affording them an opportunity to be heard in connection with the possible release of an incarcerated individual.
Crime victims can be notified of an incarcerated individual's parole interview, the decision, and an anticipated release date by registering with the OVA.
Crime victims and their families can submit written impact statements to be considered by the Board of Parole.
Certain victims of violent crimes are eligible to speak with a Board of Parole member in-person or by phone to give their impact statement.
Victims of crime can submit Victim Impact Statements to the Board of Parole.
Anyone can submit letters in opposition or support of an incarcerated individual's release.