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.