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Learn how the Department works to ensure crime victims are aware of their rights.

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.

Notification Announcement

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. 

Victim Rights
Right to Notifications

Crime victims can be notified of an incarcerated individual's parole interview, the decision, and an anticipated release date by registering with the OVA.

Right to Submit Impact Statements

Crime victims and their families can submit written impact statements to be considered by the Board of Parole.

Right to Meet with Parole Board

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. 

Services for Victims of Crimes
DOCCS' Office of Victim Assistance (OVA) is available to assist victims of crime with a variety of services. 
Release Notification
Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE)
VINE provides 24-hour access to information regarding custody status and provides notification of release by phone, email, TTY and text.